Sending out a strong message to the heads of schools across the State, Union Human Resources Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju here on Saturday said that the Centre would “crack the whip” on schools that failed to comply with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The Minister said that the Centre would step up pressure on State governments to ensure that infrastructure was in place in schools and teachers were recruited. “The deadline for schools to make sure that infrastructure was in place was March 31, 2013.”

Talking about the next deadline of March 2015 for training teachers who were hired before RTE came into force, he said, “We need to train 7 lakh teachers and we are doing that with the help of open varsities. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand do not have adequate faculty and we are working with those State governments to build capacity.”

The Centre would review the progress States have made in implementing the Act. The Central Advisory Board of Education meeting in October this year would help review the progress of RTE.