Teachers, NGOs to intensify campaign for education bill

July 10th, 2008 - 4:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, July 10 (IANS) Teachers and non government organisations here announced Thursday intensification of their campaign to demand enactment of the Right to Education in the next session of parliament. “We will apprise all the political parties and create awareness across the country on why we need the act,” Ranjan Mohanty, convenor of National Campaign Committee on Right to Education through Common School System (Nccrtecss) told IANS.

A five member delegation led by Communist Party of India (CPI) MP D. Raja Wednesday met Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Arjun Singh in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum in this regard, said Mohanty, who was also one of the delegation members.

“We stressed on the need to table the bill in the next session of parliament and the minister assured that it would be tabled in the Monsoon session,” he said.

“We told the minister that the proposed bill must ensure equitable quality of education up to 18 years of age (upto Class 12) through common school system based on the principle of neighbourhood school,” he said.

We also demanded allocation of at least six percent of the GDP (gross domestic product) for education.

Nccrtecss organised a national convention at Gandhi Peace Foundation at New Delhi before meeting Singh, he said.

“The convention decided to observe August 9 (Kranti Divas) as national demand day for right to education through a common school system,” Mohanty said.

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