The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), the top body advising the Centre and states on education reforms, will examine a proposal seeking extension of the Right to Education Act to pre-school and secondary levels.
The status report of a CABE sub-committee on extension of the RTE Act and no-detention policy will be taken up for deliberation during the first meeting of the newly reconstituted body to be chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
The meeting, on August 19, will also be attended by education ministers from states.
Currently the RTE Act is applicable from Classes I to VIII. The CABE sub-committee, in its report submitted in 2012, had identified issues such as entry age for pre-school under the extended framework, qualification and capacity-building of teachers at the pre-primary level, age of children in secondary education and duration of secondary education.
On its extension to the pre-primary level, the panel had suggested ensuring child-centred pedagogy, play-way method and holistic development as critical elements of pre-school education and stressed the need for effective coordination with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
For bringing the secondary level under the RTE’s purview, the sub-committee had suggested assessment of existing infrastructure, appointment of additional teachers and recommended consultations with all stakeholders including the state governments.
The then HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju had said the matter needed comprehensive discussion before a decision on extending RTE’s purview could be taken.