ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Awareness about RTE

The article “RTE Grievance Redress in Karnataka” (Malini Bhatacharjee et al, EPW, 7 June 2014) is a scholarly attempt to pointedly focus upon this important yet unattended aspect of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The authors have gone deep to fathom and explain the grievance redress mechanism by taking Karnataka’s example but the story seems no different in other states either.

At the same time it is also necessary to evolve a focused plan to spread awareness, not only about RTE’s redress mechanism but about the Act as such. Making people (especially those in rural areas) aware about this Act and its various features has been ignored by policymakers and stakeholders till now. Newspaper reports keep telling us about campaigns to catch “out of school” children, collect data about school dropouts, enrolment drives, etc, but what about an awareness campaign to motivate parents and have functionaries who are responsible for spreading this awareness?

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