AAP Wing to go on Fast at Indira Park
Hyderabad: Members of Aam Aadmi Parents’ Union, a wing of the Aam Aadmi Party of Telangana State, will be staging a dharna and hunger strike on Saturday from 10.30 at Indira Park Dharna Chowk to press the TRS Government to immediately fill vacant posts of teachers and guarantee delivery of qualitative education in all the government schools.
In a press note here on Friday, Aam Aadmi Parents Union president, Silveri Srishailam, stated that they were dedicated to empowerment of the poorest of poor in all the ten Telangana districts and are focusing on strengthening the education system in Telangana.
He also stated the Union Government has enacted Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (Act No.35 of 2009) to provide free and compulsory education to all children from six to 14 years and the act came in force from April 1, 2010.
One of the key provisions of the act is provision of 25 percent free admissions to children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in all non-minority private schools in the country and the state governments are required to compensate the private schools with an annual fee, he said, adding that the act also provides for specific minimum norms to be fulfilled by schools to ensure a quality education and address diverse needs of the children those who come from more marginalized communities in the society.
In spite of the act, a large number of children still remain out of the school, and those who are in school face difficulties in learning and 48 percent children drop out before completion of elementary education, he said. He stated that the union demands that the government ensure that all the school facilities and amenities are in place before the beginning of the academic year in June 2015.
The other demands are:
- Implementation of G.O. MS No. 42 from the current academic year to regulate fees.
- Ensure that all private schools provide 25 percent seats for economically backward classes as per RTE.
- Provide all facilities in compliance with the RTE Act.
- Make parents as stakeholders and strengthen SMCs.
- Remove monopoly of purchasing school uniforms, books and other educational aids from private schools.
- Appoint a commission with independent charge to monitor the functioning of private schools.
- Ensure that access to free KG to PG education was not restricted to a few students, but available for all students who wish to pursue education of their choice. (NSS)