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Like other states in the country, the state of Kerala has inherited the education system from the British and has made significant changes in it in the past 65 years. The educational achievement of the state is the prime factor behind its present well-being and the “Kerala Model of Development”, which is highly lauded. It is a fact that the State is far ahead of the national objectives in the Primary and Secondary education and is striving for attaining international standards in Higher education, Technical education and Research.

The Twelfth Plan document states that the private sector will be encouraged to establish larger and higher quality institutions in the Twelfth Plan. It also states that new models of Public–Private Partnerships (PPP) in higher education will be encouraged in the XIIth Plan, particularly in the establishment of research and innovation institutions. With the successful implementation of SSA and RMSA the Central Government is now introducing the scheme Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), in order to achieve the objectives of equity, access and excellence in the Higher Education sector.

In this platform Kerala is re-orienting its approaches and the institutional arrangements. The State Planning Board has constituted an expert committee on Education for examining the Plan Programmes of the state with a view to maximise access to central schemes and plan resources and prepare an action plan suggesting steps to remove barriers in accessing resources and difficulties in implementation. The committee had submitted two interim reports.

For more information:

Source: Economic Review 2013

Commission for Right to Education Act

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The Right to Education Act

From April 1, 2010 the Right to Education has come into force ensuring free education to more than 92 lakh out-of-school children in India. This Act gives every child the right to a quality elementary education. The main features of the Act are summarized as follows:

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education

  • All children aged 6-14 shall have the right to free and compulsory education at a neighborhood school.

  • No direct (school fees) or indirect cost on uniforms, textbooks, mid-day meals, transportation etc needs to be borne by the child or parents to obtain elementary education.

  • The Govt will provide schooling free of cost until the child’s elementary education is completed.

  • All schools must comply with certain infrastructure and teacher norms. Two trained teachers will be provided for every 60 students at the primary level.

  • Schools shall constitute School Management Committees comprising local officials, parents, guardians and teachers. The SMCs will monitor utilization of Govt grants and the school environment.

  • RTE mandates inclusion of 50% women and parents of children from disadvantaged groups in SMCs.

Related Documents

  • Press Release of the Commission dt. 07.02.2011 for collection of details of un-recognised schools.

  • Online Proforma to furnish required details by existing unrecognized schools dt. 11.02.2011