Government admits failure to meet RTE deadline: what next?
Union Minister for Human Resource Development has admitted the failure of the government to meet RTE targets before the deadline March 31, 2013 (read more). Close to 13 states have requested for extensions on the RTE deadline on account of untrained teachers in the system. In order to fulfill the mandate of the RTE Act, the union government has allowed teacher training through distance-education in order to train 600,000 teachers. There are close to 700,00 untrained teacher sin the system today. The teacher training campaign has been one of the least addressed components of the RTE debate! Much of the debate has been surrounded by the issue of reservations in private schools and implementation of Section 12.