The state government is speculating on the possibility of making Right to Education (RTE) accessible to SC and STC students beyond class VIII. Out of the 14,000 students who are admitted under the 25% quota and completed class VIII, 2,500 fall under the category of SC/ST. The proposal is broached by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education.
Under the new proposal, students who fall under the 6-16 age group will be eligible to apply for the benefit. Previously RTE was viable for students aged 6-14. On 1 April, 2010, Karnataka became the first state in India to implement the RTE Act.
The RTE Act provides for the-
- Right of Children to gain from free and compulsory education till elementary school
- No child is liable to pay kind of fees which might act as a hindrance in his/her way to education
- Allows for non-admitted child for admission in the appropriate class according to the child’s age group
- Adequate deployment of teachers maintaining the teacher student ration in schools
- Allows for framing a curriculum in adherence to the Constitution of India that will result in all-round development within a child
Across the state, 5.06 lakh students are studying in private schools under the 25 percent reservation system. The state is yet to fund the private schools for the tuition fees of 2019-2020 academic year.
Commenting on the viability of the new law, S R Umashankar, Principal Secretary, Department of Primary and Secondary Education, on expressing interest in the new move has commented, “However, we need to have several rounds of discussion as it could be unfair to students from the non-SC/ST category,”