Issued to create awareness and build public opinion please by:
Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), Amitav Virmani
Accountability Initiative, Yamini Aiyar
Akanksha Foundation, Vandana Goyal
Akshara Foundation, Ashok Kamath
Central Square Foundation, Ashish Dhawan
Centre for Civil Society, Parth Shah
Educational Initiatives (EI), Sridhar Rajagopalan
Omidyar Networks, Jayant Sinha
New Delhi, March 26, 2013:
Three years since the passage of the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE), an ever increasing number of children have access to education. Yet, a large and growing amount of data points to the fact that student learning levels are unacceptably low, and that improving schooling inputs have had a very limited impact on improving learning outcomes. Thus, the RTE’s focus on inputs to education rather than on learning outcomes of students may ensure that children are in school, but is unlikely to result in them getting a meaningful education.
With RTE’s enforcement deadline expiring on March 31, 2013, we would like to raise some core concerns around the Act’s enforcement so far and share some possible solutions:
- There is still no focus on learning outcomes in the RTE: In recent speeches our Honorable Ministers of MHRD have acknowledged the need to shift the focus to quality of education. However, the effort to provide a free and compulsory education that is also of high quality requires learning outcomes to be at the centre of every policy for real results. We, representatives of civil society organizations committed to children’s right to quality education, therefore call upon the Centre and State Governments to view RTE’s enforcement through a lens of learning outcomes, and make it a fundamental goal to ensure that all children in India reach well specified learning goals over the next five years.