Friday, July 23, 2010

Centre urged to foot the bill on RTE Act initiatives

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Legislative Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution urging the Union government to bear the entire expenses of the States while implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The resolution, moved by CPI(M) member M.M. Monayi, was adopted with 24 votes in favour and 12 votes against, after a discussion lasting for more than one-and-a-half hours.

K. Sivadasan Nair of the Congress moved an amended resolution urging both the Centre and the State governments to bear the expenses. The amended resolution was defeated by the same margin as the other one was passed.

Speaking on behalf of the Education Minister in reply to the discussion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M. Vijayakumar said the Act was highly relevant in major regions across the country still plagued by the problem of illiteracy and lack of facilities for education.

Kerala had invested heavily on education since Independence and had achieved the target of universal education. The challenge now for the State was in improving the quality of education. Kerala wanted the Centres support to take up this challenge.

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