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RTE may span school education from nursery to grade X

Education News The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) will consider the report of its sub-committee on extension of the RTE Act and the controversial no-detention policy at a meeting to be chaired by human resource development minister Smriti Irani on August 19, official sources said.

The meeting, which will engage in an “exhaustive deliberation” on the two issues, will be attended by education ministers from states besides academicians and distinguished people from several fields.

The Act currently applies to children between six and 14 years studying from Class I to VIII.

The CABE sub-committee in its report submitted in 2012, when UPA was in power, had identified issues such as entry age for pre-school under the extended framework, qualification and capacity building of teachers at the pre-primary level, age of children in secondary education and duration of secondary education.

Chairing the last CABE meeting on the issue, the then HRD minister M M Pallam Raju had said it needed comprehensive discussion before a decision on extending RTE’s purview was arrived at.

Source: PTI

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