RTE not against madarsas: HRD ministry

July 29th, 2011 - 10:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Right to Education (RTE) Act does not come in the way of madarsas, the human resource development ministry said Friday.

“Madarsas imparting religious instruction do not fall under the ambit of schools as defined under section 2(n) of the RTE Act,” a statement from the ministry said, adding an amendment is being done in the act to ensure this.

“The ministry has also introduced an RTE Amendment Bill in parliament, which provides that school management committees (SMC) constituted under section 21 of the RTE Act in respect of aided minority schools shall function in an advisory capacity only, and will not be required to prepare the school development plan,” the statement added.

News reports Thursday stated Muslim scholars and Islamic seminaries have opposed RTE as it provides for prescribing the syllabus for the ‘madarasas’ and also lays down rules for appointment of teachers.

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