Although, RTE (Right to Education) act has provided golden opportunities for the children belonging to the disadvantaged and weaker section of the society, but, these acts have also received various criticisms.
Some of the major flaws of this act are as follows:
What After Elementary Education?
Albeit, basic education plays a very important role in a child’s life, but, in today’s competitive era, is elementary education enough for sustenance?? We all are well-versed with the fact that the fee for pursuing higher education is so far above the ground that a poor person can’t afford this. It means, after completing the elementary education, these children will either have to drop-out the schools or return back to the schools of dubious standards?? In my opinion, this Act should be re-framed and higher education should also be made free for each child. What do you think?
Prohibiting the Unrecognized Schools – Is it a Right Decision?
Even today, there are many villages in which government schools are still non-existent. Or, if exists, the quality of education is so poor that parents prefer to admit their children in unrecognized schools, rather than in government schools. If these (un-accredited) schools get closed, it will retard the nation’s goal of universal literacy. In fact, all un-accredited schools are not bad! In my opinion, instead of inhibiting all unrecognized schools, what government has to do is to conduct a research and categorize the unrecognized school as good and bad. After that, all bad schools should be prohibited. What are your views?
Are Recognization Criteria Feasible?
Under section 19 of the RTE act, the private schools will get accreditation, only if they possess prescribed infrastructural facilities. But, the government schools are free from these criteria. In fact, the infrastructure of the government schools are much poor than that of private schools. From my point of view, the recognization criteria should be applicable on both public and private schools, equally.
What an Unequal Treatment is?
Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas are the only public schools that meet the standards. This act put these schools under the ‘specified category’. For these schools, it’s not mandatory to accommodate those children, who hunt for shift from schools which have no proviso for completion of basic education. It means, on one hand, this act accentuate on equivalent educational opportunities for all children and on the other hand, the same act is offering unequal treatment to other schools by exempting Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas from the turmoil.
Little Importance to Teaching Standards
The act focuses on infrastructural facilities rather than the teaching quality. The real scenario in most of the village schools is shocking. In these schools, the responsibility of teaching is in the hands of para teachers. In most of the states, the educational qualification for becoming a para teacher is secondary or higher secondary. Now, you can imagine the quality of education, the children are getting in the village schools. The RTE act is ambiguous in this aspect.
If the RTE act is re-framed, keeping in mind the above flaws, then it will work better.