RTE violations under scanner

The Supreme Court sought responses from the Union government and all the states and Union Territories on Friday for an apparent shortage of schools as well as trained teachers across India, which amounts to violating the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam sought resplies to a public interest petition, which says about 3.77 crore children between the ages 6 and 14 were not in school due to failure by authorities.

The PIL was filed by the National Coalition for Education, a network of organisations fighting for the RTE.

It said that at least 1.5 lakh schools and 12 lakh trained teachers were required to fulfill the goals envisaged under the RTE.

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing the petitioner, asked the court to direct all states to map neighbourhoods in six months and to build new schools six months thereafter.

The petition asked the states and UTs to comply with various other provisions of the law, including recruitment and training of 1 lakh additional teachers every month to end their shortage within a year, upgrading all deficient schools with appropriate physical infrastructure in six months, and that states and UTs disclose the number of students admitted under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota.

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