‘Centre must pitch in to ensure RTE funds’

The Right to Education-Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is a Central government programme so it is the duty of the Centre to pitch in with funds where states cannot,a parliamentary panel has said

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 4, 2012 2:33 am

The Right to Education-Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (RTE-SSA) is a Central government programme so it is the duty of the Centre to pitch in with funds where states cannot,a parliamentary panel has said.

In its report on the HRD Ministry’s Demand for Grants for School Education in 2012,the Parliamentary Standing committee also said besides creating infrastructure,enhancing learning levels of the children should be made the focus of the programme. The report said in at least 12 states,the Centre-state fund sharing pattern of 65:35 was unworkable. “The Committee felt that SSA-RTE programme largely being a Central government initiative,it is incumbent upon the government to mobilise adequate resources to achieve desired targets…states have not been very forthcoming on sharing the greater financial responsibility for the programme… In view of this,the committee would like the department to boost funding for the SSA-RTE initiative,” the report said.

Noting that learning levels of children needed to be improved,the committee suggested that peer education system,in which a student from a higher grade teaches lower grades,could be used as a means to enhance learning. A stipend could be given to the “teaching students” to encourage them.

Expressing concern over high dropout rates of SC and ST students in Assam,Orissa,Rajasthan,Bengal and Dadra & Nagar Haveli,the committee has recommended that the programme be implemented on a mission-mode in these states.

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