RTE rules amended for better outcome

Schools to ensure minimum standards from 2017-18

RTE rules amended for better outcome

The state governments will have lay- down parameters and indicators to measure and ensure that a minimum learning outcome has been made by students from Class I to Class X, before the academic session of 2017-2018 begins.

The Centre has amended the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Rules, 2010, to include a new provision for the preparation of class-wise learning outcomes.

New rules from Feb 20
According to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry’s gazette notification, the revised RTE rules will come  into effect from February 20.

“Prepare guidelines for putting into practice continuous and comprehensive evaluation to achieve the defined learning outcomes,” the notification also said.
The notification makes it mandatory for all schools to achieve the minimum learning outcome by the end of the academic year.

“Failure of schools to help their students achieve these learning outcomes may attract litigations or government actions, now that they are part of the RTE rules,” an official in the ministry said.

The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has laid down an exhaustive list of learning outcome indicators for Classes
I-VIII in the subjects English, Hindi, Urdu, Science, Mathematics, and Social Science.

“The Human Resource Development Ministry has approved the rules about learning outcome indicators after incorporating suggestions from various stakeholders. The states can either adopt them as they are or can lay down the indicators for their schools in a different way, provided the essence of the stipulations finalised by the ministry is not lost,” the sources said.

Boards in elementary
A bill to bring certain amendments to the RTE Act to enable states to hold board examinations for students of Classes V and VIII is also on the cards.
 

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