The Central government has found that only six per cent of the schools are complying with the provisions of the much-hyped Right to Education Act. There are major violations as far as the facilities are concerned, not to mention the declining standards, enrolment of out-of-school children and other aspects, on which the Act is silent.

The government education sector in the State is in dire straits while the private institutions exploited the situation. In Guntur district, 115 schools were closed this year for want of students and 150 plus are set to be wound up next year on the same pretext, which does not augur well for education in the State, said MLCs V. Balasubramaniam and K.S. Lakshman Rao.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mr. Balasubramaniam said it was good that children’s education has been accorded a top priority by parents but it was replete with problems as the policies lacked a clear direction and fell short of implementation.

In Andhra Pradesh, 14,000 teachers were transferred as they had proportionately few children to be taught.