In JK Right to Education still farfetched dream

Official Panel Fails To Put Forth Suggestions

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Dec 25: Right to Education as a fundamental right for the children of Jammu and Kashmir remains a far fetched dream as the state government has so far failed to incorporate certain provisions of the Central Act which was enacted in 2002.
 Although, the state government has constituted a high power committee of experts to minutely study the Right to Education Act of the Government of India for making certain recommendations to amend the Jammu and Kashmir School Education Act but the committee has failed to make any such recommendations as per the timeframe set by the state government.
 Reliable sources told Greater Kashmir that the government was intending to amend the Jammu and Kashmir School Education Act by incorporating certain provisions of Right to Education Act during the upcoming budget session of the State Assembly as the Central laws are not applicable in the state as per Article 370.
 “But the matter is still pending with the High Level Committee”, sources said.
 The committee constituted in this regard was supposed to give its recommendations and after clearance from the Law Department the state’s existing act was to be amended in the assembly.
 “Unfortunately, there has been no progress in this regard as the committee has failed to comply with the time frame set for giving its suggestions. Under the present circumstances it is almost unlikely that the state’s act will be amended in this session of the assembly”, official sources said.
 It may be mentioned that for making Right to Education a fundamental right for the children of the state, the state government had constituted a committee of experts from the education department over the initiative of the Chief Minister, who also holds the portfolio of the Education Department.
 This committee in consultation with members of Task Force constituted by the Government of India was entrusted upon the job of studying both the acts and accordingly  submit its recommendations by December so that after a proper procedural passage the state’s act could be amended.
 Under the Central Act, Right to Free and Compulsory Education is a fundamental right for the children from 6 years to 14 years. Whereas, as per the state’s existing act there is a provision of free and compulsory education for the children of the state up to 8th class. But for children of the state the right to education has yet to become a fundamental right after which it becomes mandatory for the government to ensure education of each and every child of the state.
 However, to ensure education of the children there is provision of penalty clause in our state’s act for the guardians who don’t send their wards to school. Experts believe that there is a lot of difference between having a fundamental right and a provision of free and compulsory education.
 Commissioner Secretary Education, Farooq Ahmed Fakhtoo, said that there is no progress as far as the study of both Acts is confirmed. “We have not received any recommendations or suggestions so far. There is not much of a progress in this regard”, he said.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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