New Delhi: The Right
to Education (RTE) Act cannot be a panacea to the poor education
system in the country, experts said Wednesday.
"The historic Right to Education (RTE) Act can not be the
comprehensive solution to the country's education-related issues,"
said researcher Geeta Gandhi Kingdon at a School Choice National
Conference in the capital.
According to experts, the states are facing a slew of obstacles
ranging from generating resources to ensuring admission of
children in age-appropriate classes.
Listing the inefficacy of RTE, Kingdon said: "RTE is pointless as
it squanders public money on untried educational methods."
Dilip Modi, chairman, Spice Communications, said there was a lack
of debate on RTE which left some questions unanswered.
"Ideally, the policy should be socially desirable, economically
viable and politically acceptable."
Former chief secretary of Gujarat, Sudhir Mankad, presented the
government's point of view and said that nothing could be perfect,
but RTE was a good policy.
Enforced on April 1, 2010, RTE Act makes education free for the
children from 6-14 years of age.
The one-day conference brought together several experts on
education to discuss and debate key issues and educational