RTE to be implemented from Friday

The birth anniversary is also celebrated as the National Education Day. The launch of the RTE will ensure that children between the age of six and 14 years get compulsory education. Not withstanding this clause, Kageri said the State government had already proposed to the Centre that the age group be increased to six to 16 years.

“We are at the crossroads where our children need minimum education till class 10. The current proposal is limited to just class eight, which is very low. Hence, our government has proposed to the Centre that the age group be increased to accommodate compulsory education till class 10,” he said.

Administering the oath for serious implementation of the RTE, Kageri said it was the right of every citizen to ensure that children in this age group are given basic education which is their fundamental right.

The minister also announced that the government was contemplating making vocational education compulsory for students of class nine and 10. He praised the efforts of the then BJP government in the Centre for implementing the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan in the country.

“We have to admit that former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has played a key role in the growth of education across the country and in the State,” Kageri said.

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