Free and Compulsory Education for Poor Children

Guidelines for Right to Education Act (RTE) are announced by the government. This program aims to provide free and compulsory education for poor children. All unrecognized schools are asked to apply for recognition by June 30.

According to the rule, children who have the age between 6 to 14 years have a right to get free education. They can be from 1 to 8th class. Children will get free text books, note books and mid day meal in this free education. School will be established with in walkable distance, one km of the place of residence for 1 to 5th class. The School will be with in a walking distance of 3 km for the class 6th to 8th. It there is any need, free transportation should be provided for the physically handicapped.

25 percent of quota should be maintained by the private schools for the various sections such as 5 percent for orphans, HIV affected and the disabled, 10 percent for SCs, 4 percent for STs, 6 percent for weaker sections, and for BCs, minorities, OCs, whose annual income is less than Rs.60,000.

Unrecognized schools can apply for recognition, a temporary registration will be given to them and in three years, they have to accomplish the conditions.
Secretary of School education said that they will appoint about 25,000 teachers in various schools through DSCs within 2 weeks.

These guidelines are kept on the internet and, suggestions can be given by citizens on www.ssa.ap.nic.in. before 30th June. Citizens can give the suggestions through email, phone and by post. The email ID is apssahyd@yahoo.co.in, fax no. 23299089.

Suggestions can be sent by post on this address: State Project office, SIEMAT building, SCERT campus, opposite L B Stadium, Hyderabad, 500001.

Source: The times of India

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