BODL WB provides free education up to higher secondary level, especially to the children belonging to BPL CARD HOLDER & Scheduled Tribes. It was observed that there was an urgent need to reach the STs, socially and educationally disadvantaged classes and other culturally, economically, geographically weaker sections of the society in the State of westbengal

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Nearly two years after the legislation was implemented in the rest of the country on April 1, 2010, the West Bengal Government has now framed rules for implementing the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

In keeping with the provisions of the Act, the age of admissions to Class I across the State has been raised from the existing five years to six years. A Gazette notification on the legislation was issued on March 16, State School Education Department principal secretary Bikram Sen told The Hindu on Monday. The notification specifies that the State Government will have to ensure the availability of a primary school (Classes I to IV) to a child within one km in rural areas and within half-a-km in the urban areas.

Similarly, every child in rural areas should have access to an upper primary school (Classes IV to VIII) within two km of his/her residence and one km in the urban areas. The notification proposes to set up a Right to Education Protection Authority (REPA) in the State till the Government comes up with State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) to supervise the implementation of the Act in West Bengal.

The newly-framed rules also specify that the State Government, through local authorities like the panchayats and municipalities, will keep a record of all children from six years to 14 years to ensure that they are provided compulsory and free elementary education.

With the publication of the Gazette notification, the schools will have to ensure special training for children who have dropped out and are being admitted to a class appropriate to their age.

Certain other provisions of the Act, like reimbursement of fees of children belonging to economically weaker sections to the school authorities by the State Government and withdrawal of recognition to schools if they do not abide by the Act, have also been incorporated in the newly-framed rules.

Now that the rules have been framed, the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, have to be implemented and the State Government cannot run away from it, said National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) member Vinod Kumar Tikoo. The NCPCR is the statutory body that monitors the implementation of the Act across the country.
  • AGE OF ADMISSIONS TO CLASS I RAISED FROM EXISTING FIVE YEARS TO SIX YEARS AS PER ACT'S PROVISIONS
  • A GAZETTE NOTIFICATION ON THE LEGISLATION WAS ISSUED ON MARCH 16
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