RTE Act and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

  Aug 04, 2020

RTE Act and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

Q. Why is it in News?

A. Recently, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has criticised the Rajasthan government for its new guidelines on elementary education.

Rajasthan’s Department of School Education issued guidelines stating that admissions to private schools under the RTE Act, 2009 for the 2020-21 academic year would take place only from class 1 or above, excluding pre-schoolers (children in the nursery).

The guidelines recommend the age of admission to be “5 years or above but less than 7 years as of 31st March 2020”.

Q. What are the issues with new guidelines? 

Q. What has been reaction of NCPCR in this? 

A. It recommended the state to re-examine the guidelines in light of the Act and make necessary changes so that there is no loss of education to children.

Q. What is National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and when was it established? 

A.  It is a statutory body set up in March 2007 under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005. It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Q. What is its Mandate?

To ensure that all laws, policies, programmes and administrative mechanisms are in consonance with the child rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and also the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989.

Q. What are Powers of NCPCR?

Q. What is the Constitutional Background of RTE Act?

Q What are various features of RTE Act? 

Teachers Related Provisions:

It prohibits:

Q. What can be the way forward so as to prevent similar instances of violation of RTE Act by state governments?