Arjun Singh assures education bill in monsoon sessionMay 4th, 2008 - 7:26 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Union Minister for Human Resource Development Arjun Singh Saturday assured a delegation led by Shanta Sinha, chairperson National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) that the right to education bill will be passed in the monsoon session. According to the bill, every child between 6 to 14 years of age will have the right to free and compulsory education.
“We have approached the minister for tabling the right to education bill in parliament soon. And he assured us that the bill will be tabled in the coming monsoon session,” said Ashok Agarwal, who was member of the delegation.
The delegation included Mridula Mukherjee, director of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, and Amarjeet Kaur from the All India Trade Union Congress.
According to the bill, government schools shall provide free education to all children and private schools will admit at least 25 percent children in their schools without any fee.
“The bill is important because it is the first step in the direction of the government’s active role in ensuring implementation of the constitutional amendment,” said Agarwal.