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RTE entitlements to be paid through cash transfers

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  • August 5, 2021
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RTE entitlements to be paid through cash transfers

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II –  Policies and interventions; Education

In news The Centre plans to pay students their Right to Education (RTE) entitlements in the form of cash transfers as part of a revamp and extension of its flagship school education scheme.

  • In order to enhance the direct outreach of the scheme, all child-centric interventions will be provided directly to the students through DBT [or direct benefit transfer] mode on an IT-based platform over a period of time 
  • The Samagra Shiksha scheme, which has been extended till March 2026, will have a financial outlay of Rs. 2.94 lakh crore, including a Central share of Rs. 1.85 lakh crore, and several new initiatives on early childhood education, foundational literacy, and numeracy and language education.
    • Samagra Shiksha is an integrated scheme for 11.6 lakh government and aided schools with over 15 crore students and 57 lakh teachers. 
    • It involves a 60:40 split in funding between the Centre and most States.

What is Right to Education?

  • Right to Education Act (RTE) provides free and compulsory education to children in and was enforced as a fundamental right under Article 21-A in 2009.
  • The RTE Act aims to provide primary education to all children aged 6 to 14 years.
  • The act mandates 25% reservation for disadvantaged sections of the society in Private schools
  • It had a clause for “No Detention Policy” which has been removed under The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, 2019.

News Source: TH

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