Special Correspondent

Implementation of "Right to Early Child Care and Education" sought

HYDERABAD: The School Teachers' Federation of India (STFI) has asked the Central and the State Governments to take steps to universalise education and ensure effective implementation of "Right to Early Child Care and Education."

The federation wanted the Government to make amendments to the proposed Right to Education Bill, 2005, to ensure that all children are covered under the Act, instead of restricting the provision of compulsory education to children between the ages of six and 14. It should link Anganwadi centres to the Government-funded schools and ensure that one such school was situated in one kilometre radius.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, STFI general secretary K. Rajendran said the State Governments should take steps to make at least 30 per cent budgetary allocation for education and the Centre should spend six per cent of the GDP.

Signature campaign

The federation had recently submitted representations on some of its demands to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and it had launched a signature campaign on its charter of 20 demands for collecting signatures from 1 crore intellectuals, experts and those concerned with education. The campaign would close on July 31 this year.