The state governments decision to raise the age limit for primary education from five to six years following recommendations of the Right To Education Act is being found discriminatory by educationists.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act came into force from April 1,2010. It mentioned that every child in the age group of 6-14 years will be provided eight years of elementary education. The state education department issued a notification yesterday to increase the age limit of primary education from five to six years.
Prof Sunando Sanyal,an educationist,said students in private schools are attending school from three years onwards. Students in government and government-aided schools will be,therefore,debarred from such benefits . It is discriminatory, he said.
Dipak Das,general secretary,West Bengal Government School Teachers Association,said the primary task of the state government should be to fill up the vacancies in the state and state-aided schools . If the vacancies persists,then the gap in the education sector will not be strengthened.