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Maharashtra is going slow on Right to Education

Maharashtra is yet to draft policies on prohibition of detention and expulsions in primary schools, claimed a central report.

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Maharashtra is yet to draft policies on prohibition of detention and expulsions in primary schools, claimed a central report.

The report on the steps taken for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the first six months reveal that while Maharashtra has been prompt in drafting their own rules on RTE and forming guidelines in prohibition of mental harassment and corporal punishment, it has not yet taken any action to prohibit detentions and expulsions.  

The state, however, had framed the detention policies at the beginning of the academic year.

The report submitted after studying the measures taken by the states for the implementation of the Act also reveals that only 11 states in the country have formed the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), an absolute essential under the RTE Act.

While Maharashtra along with 21 other states drafted their own RTE draft rules, a couple of states have adopted the Centre’s rules, states the study. Most states have also complied with the rule of not conducting any board exams in elementary education. 

However, Maharashtra has already released the guidelines at the beginning of this academic year. According to Nandkumar, project director, Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad, Maharashtra was among very the few states to have initiated action to ensure students were not detained in their class up to Std VIII in June. 

“The state is lagging only in two aspects. We are yet to come up with a resolution on not allowing school teachers to take tuitions out of school hours and on the eight hours compulsory school time table. We are working on it and it will be out soon,” said Nandkumar.    

He added that there could be some error in the performance report submitted and several of the parametres mentioned in the report already existed in the state’s set-up.  

Apart from Maharashtra’s performance, the report also mentioned the change in policies implemented at the central level after the implementation of the RTE Act and disbursement of funds.

Measures at the Centre mainly included revision of the already existing Sarva Shikshan Abhiyaan (SSA) programme for primary schools to correspond with the RTE Act.

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