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'RTE Act in its present form will push country into chaos'

Wednesday January 04, 2012 08:02:48 AM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: At the time when the UPA government is pushing strongly the legislations like Waqf Amendment Bill (2010) and Direct Taxes Code Bill, and applauding for itself for bringing in Right to Education Act 2009, equally strong voice of dissent is being raised by All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board, the apex body of the Muslims in India.

“There are many sections in the Right of children to free and compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 which if not amended, would collapse our entire education system and would ultimately push the country into chaos”, Maulana Syed Mohammad Wali Rahmani said while addressing a gathering in Malegaon on Tuesday.

Syed Mohammad Wali Rahmani, the National Convenor of the All India Muslim Personal Law board (AIMPLB) Action Committee to save the constitutional rights, is visiting Malegaon as part of the AIMPLB nationwide campaign against RTE Act, Waqf amendment bill and Direct Taxes Code Bill.
“AIMPLB is running this campaign because its members as responsible citizens of the country want to save the country from going into a wrong direction”, he added while referring to the various sections of the RTE Act that deal with age-based admission, elimination of examination system till a certain age limit, norms for school infrastructure, concept of neighbourhood school and school curriculum.

“How can we ensure the quality of education if we don’t conduct exams and are forced to give admissions based on age and to the children from school vicinity without judging their calibre?”, he asked.

Pointing at the sections 17 (5) and 18 (1) of the RTE Act that bar setting up of schools without prior permission and set guidelines about the school curriculum, he said, “These sections are in direct conflict with the rights given to the religious and linguistic minorities under article 29 and 30 of the Indian Constitution.”

Cautioning that the word ‘mental stress/torture/harassment’ as mentioned in the RTE Act could be misused, he said, “The act while mentioning these words is totally silent on their proper explanation. Without this, they could be used as a dangerous tool in the hands of students and their parents to harass and take to the police station the teachers and school authorities on tiny issues.”

Stating that India is experiencing an extra-ordinary revolution in the field of education, he warned, “But such legislations instead of helping, will ultimately prove damaging for this important turnaround. If the government does not take into account these facts, our long cherished dream of total education will remain a dream.”





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