In the long run RTE is realistic and achievable. It aims at providing free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of 6-14 years as a Fundamental Right. Of the nearly 200 million children in the age group between 6 and 14 years, more than half do not complete eight years of elementary education; they either never enroll or they drop out of schools. Of those who do complete eight years of schooling, the achievement levels of a large percentage, in language and mathematics, is unacceptably low. It is no wonder that a majority of the excluded and non-achievers come from the most deprived sections of society -- Dalits, Other Backward Classes, tribals, women, Muslims and financially backward -- precisely those who are supposed to be empowered through education.
As I see it, there are three main points you will have to relate your speech to: RTE is realistic, it is achievable and it will change the face of education. Here are some points you could include FOR the motion.
The government has already introduced measures such as the mid-day meal to encourage children from economically backward homes to attend school. (I suggest you do some research on other measures that the government has introduced)
Children who fail classes lose interest in studying and are more likely to drop out. Parents whose children fail feel discouraged, and if they are not well-off, feel that it is a waste for them to pay for education. Already, schools cannot fail children till the 9th Std. This means that there will be less school dropouts in the 6-14 age group, which is what RTE targets.
I can 't give you exact points for this, but I would suggest that you look up the literacy statistics of various states and point out how they have been rising, suggesting that parents do want their children to be educated.
Change the face of education:
When we are forced to cater to ALL children, not just the ones that fit into the cookie-cutter mould, we will have to rethink many of our current, outdated systems and constructs of education.
RTE also requires 25% of seats, even in private schools, be reserved for economically backward students who will not pay full school fees, but will be subsidized by the government at a rate they consider acceptable. This will lead to fewer schools being run for a purely profit motive. Schools will also have to rethink their approach to teaching when they have to deal with a mixed group.
This 25% cannot be put into a separate division, so even children from wealthy families will be mixing with kids from poor families. As a direct result of this, they will grow up to be more broad-minded.
In order to ensure that children are learning what they need to, in spite of not failing classes, new methods of assessment like CCE are being introduced in both the Central and in many State Boards.
Since this is a debate, you should prepare for the following possible arguments:
RTE does not require parents to send children under 14 to school.
Private schools have not agreed to the 25% reservation.
Government measures are not always successful and are often not implemented properly.
There is no proper provision yet to ensure that all schools follow the guidelines.
Finally, I suggest that you make it clear that although RTE is both realistic and achievable and will definitely change the face of education in India, we cannot expect this to happen overnight. This is a major change that will take time to fully happen.
The Right to Education Act is a very achievable goal as it can give families, like the U.S., equal opportunites to be whatever profession they want after their education. The more education, the more jobs and careers that open up. This will very much increase the economy in India for the better.
It ensures free and compulsory education to all children from the age 6 to 14 years.It ensures the base of education to all children.It's main goal is to bring children of marginalised sections into the ambit of education. It ensures that all children receive quality schooling free from any kind of discrimination.
It’s constitutional and Right to Education is a fundamental right. It serves the purpose and it enables the poor people to get good education which would in turn result in better personality and better job opportunities. It can turn education as a catalyst for bridging the widening gap between the poor and the rich.
This would also mean bringing in together the different classes of social and economical statures. Some of the unprivileged one will get an opportunity to rub shoulders with the elite ones which would help in removing or at least lessening the social barrier present in our society.
If better education is there, then better future is there. If future is better there then every one will be
educated as well as independent and one day India will be a developed country... And it will also change our way of looking... If it will become true every girl or woman will feel proud to be an Indian... Jai Hind
Yes it will educate more children of the country and it will bring a new change in the society and it will educate more children of the country and it will bring a new change in the society and it will educate more children of the country and it will bring a new change in the society and will be good for India.
Of the nearly 200 million children in the age group between 6 and 14 years, more than half do not complete eight years of elementary education; they either never enroll or they ~drop~ out of schools. Of those who do complete eight years of schooling, the achievement levels of a large percentage, in language and mathematics, is unacceptably low. It is no wonder that a majority of the excluded and non-achievers come from the most deprived sections of society -- Dalits, Other Backward Claases, tribals, women, Muslims and financially backward -- precisely those who are supposed to be empowered through education.
The Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh has emphasized that it is important for the country that if we nurture our children and young people with the right education, India’s future as a strong and prosperous country is secure.
This entitles children to have the right to education enforced as a fundamental right.
RTE ensures free elementary education for children between age 6-14 ages. Many innovative methods like the mid-day meal programme has been started to encourage parents in the rural areas to send their children to school. The student pupil ratio is fixed which ensures that each child gets the required attention. Also, there are reservations for economically backward classes in the private schools as they have the equal right for education.
With international and country wide pressure the government will have some pressure and political will to implement the right to education act. Since more and more people are educated these days, they will know that education is the way forward. More so, "sustainable development" can only be implemented if the population of a country is educated, in at least the elementary level.
I think it will not help, because the problem is not with the system but the problem is the class system in India. It will widen the gap between two classes instead we may take some other better actions viz fee controls and global education system in India. May be ...
I fear that the much heralded RTE may prove to be a merge, politically only a populist gesture. The Constitutional Amendment will then amount to throwing dust in the eyes of the masses who will have to remain content with third grade education irrelevant to their needs and even to their rising goals in life. The government invented- one teacher school, one room school, no room school, which existed only on paper to line private pockets.
The RTE Act is not at all practical in a country like India. AMONG THE MANY CONCERNS, IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT CHILDREN FROM THE WEAKER SECTIONS WILL DO AFTER THEY COMPLETE THEIR FREE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION IN ELITE SCHOOLS.
Government schools are not only overcrowded but impart a very poor standard of education. A recent study of 188 government non-primary schools revealed that 59 per cent of schools had no drinking water facility and 89 per cent no toilets. And yet ironically, the government schools will be the most secure under the new dispensation envisaged in the RTE Act.
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Today this goal is achievable only theoretically , not practically. This we get to realize when look at the ground reality, where there are schools,but teachers don't go to school in the rural areas because there's no one to check them. And there are a hell lot of other such reasons.
RTE can change India only when people will change themselves, we will change ourselves!