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Right To Education now likely from nursery to Class 10

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The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education may encompass school education from nursery to Class 10. The Central Advisory Board of Education, a top body advising the Centre and states on education sector reforms, is considering the proposal in this regard.

The RTE Act, which makes education a fundamental right of every child between the age six and 14, came into effect on April 1, 2010. It is learnt that in a meeting to be chaired by the human resource development minister Smriti Irani, the Cabe will mull over the report of its sub-committee on extension of the RTE Act and the controversial no-detention policy.

Earlier in 2012, the Cabe sub-committee in its report had identified issues such as entry age for pre-school under the extended framework, qualification and capacity building of teachers at the pre-primary level, age of children in secondary education etc.Chairing the last CABE meeting on the issue, the then HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju had said it needed comprehensive discussion before a decision on extending RTE’s purview was taken. No detention policy till Class VIII will also be discussed in the meeting.