Rajya Sabha passes RTE amendments
The Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which aims to provide a two-year window to around 11 lakh private and government teachers to get prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment.
Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Bill was being amended as the 2009 Act, which came into force on April 1, 2010, teachers without professional qualification were required to get them by 2015.
“In absence of the qualification, we couldn’t have sacked 11 lakh teachers, which includes seven lakh private teachers or do injustice to children. The Bill gives them an opportunity to acquire professional qualification by enrolling themselves in the Swayam platform, which will be an online medium. Those living in rural areas would be taught through Swayam Prabha television channels in 32 languages, and they would have to buy a set top box worth ₹ 1300. For this we have already signed memorandum of unde₹tanding with Doorda₹han,” said Mr. Javadekar.