Government keen to pass Right to Education bill in July

June 1st, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 1 (ANI): Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has said that the Central Government is keen to pass the Right to Education bill in the ensuing budget session of the parliament.

Speaking at an Education Fair hosted by the country’s apex forum of corporate sector, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) here on Sunday, Sibal expressed concern on the number of Indian student dropping out from schools.He said that a way to tackle this spurt is to get the free and compulsory education bill passed.

“The maximum drop outs are before class 10. Now if the drop out rate is so high before class 10 and you don’t have enough numbers to move into class 12 then you are not going to get numbers in graduation that you need to bolster the needs of the economy as the nation goes forward. So, you need to have bottoms up approach. Now how do you get that bottoms up approach? One of course a way to do it is of course to have the free and compulsory education bill passed which hopefully should be done in July when the session takes place,” he added.

He also mentioned that the government would work with the private sector to develop able and skilled manpower.

“There are enough number of people in the work force in this country we give them adequate education and develop human skills can actually be absorbed at the pace at which industrial development is moving forward. And in order so that we have to actually work with the private sector in a very substantial sort of way to ensure to find out what are the needs of the private sector and how we can hone the educational system and show that our educational system actually delivers to the extent of the needs that are required by the private sector,” he said.

Right to Education bill seeks to make education a right of every child in the age group of 6-14 years. The bill has been pending in the Rajya Sabha. (ANI)

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