Janata Dal (S) student wing supports Centre's decision to implement RTE

The Bangalore City Vidyarti Janata Dal (Secular) has welcomed the Centre's decision to provide free education to the children across the country and urged Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to implement the Right to Education Act, 2009 (RTE) in the State.

Members of Vidyarti Janata Dal (Secular) organised a demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue near Ananda Rao Circle here on Thursday and criticised private schools management for allegedly opposing the implementation of the Act in State.

The student wing president T.R. Tulasi Ram said: “The Union Government has announced RTE and has decided to provide free education to the children.

“This is one of the historic decisions of the Union Government and the RTE will provide employment to crores of youths in the country. Unfortunately, a few private schools here have been opposing RTE and also forcing parents to oppose the RTE.”

Recently, managements of a few educational institutes in the city had issued circulars and requested parents to pressure the State Government against implementing certain provisions of the Act such as the one that proposed reservation of 25 per cent of seats to the poor, he alleged. Under the Act, children in the age group 6 to 14 will get free education up to class 8.

Hence, private educational institutions had been opposing the implementation of RTE in State, he said.

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