About Section 12 (1) (c)
of the Right to Education Act is a step forward to bring children from diverse social backgrounds to study together in a common environment in the private schools in the midst of a highly hierarchical and segregated system of schooling, both in the government and in the private sectors. It is estimated that large numbers of seats is available across the nation currently in the recognized private schools. As states bring unrecognized schools into their purview these numbers may take phenomenal dimensions.
Over the past two years, many states have initiated the implementation under this section. There is varying experiences across the states both in the government and the community. Given the potential of the provision and the large numbers of children it can reach out to – both children from DA/EWS and children from other categories with whom they study – it is important to understand the issues in this provision. The Consultation is an effort to bring together different stakeholders to review the current status of implementation and seek ways forward.
To bring together children, parents, civil society organizations, private schools and other stakeholders including government departments and monitoring bodies promoting rights of children from Dis-Advantaged (DA) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in private unaided schools under section 12 (1) (c ) to review existing policies and practices and recommend pro-active policies and strategies for effective implementation including robust grievance redress mechanism.
RTE Forum –
Right to Education Forum (RTE Forum) is a platform of national education networks, teachers’ unions, peoples’ movements and prominent educationists with a combined strength of 10,000 NGOs from all over India.
Forum is closely working in collaboration with the Council for Social Development that also offers administrative and operations support. RTE. RTE Forum has been working towards building a people’s movement to achieve the goal of equitable and quality education to all children through the realization of the Right to Education Act, 2009 in its true letter and spirit. The Forum is envisioned to strengthen the National Public
System of Education funded by State.
DRTEF- The Delhi Right to Education Forum (Delhi RtE Forum) comprising of over 100 civil society organizations, SMC members, children and parents from across the state demand all political parties to commit to provide quality education and implement the Right to Education Act and Rules in letter and spirit. Recognizing education as a right in itself and the means to enjoy all other rights, we demand all political parties to priorities quality public education in their party agenda for this election.