Jun 3, 2016

Make Subramanian Committee Report Public

Ambarish Rai, RTE Forum writes to MHRD Minister, Smriti Irani  

3 June 2016, New Delhi, RTE Forum. Right to Education Forum, a national network of ten thousand grass-root organizations, CSOs, NGOs, Teachers’ organizations, educationists, academia and activists has demanded MHRD to make Subramanian Committee Report public for discussion and suggestions.

Mr. Ambarish Rai, National Convenor of RTE Forum has written a letter today to Ms Smriti Irani that people have right to know about their suggestions given to the committee and details of recommendations. He told that it is surprising that the report has not been made public even after week long submission of recommendations to the Ministry by the Drafting Committee. He said that MHRD had sought suggestions from Civil Society organizations, academicians and teachers claiming that the government is trying to formulate an education policy incorporating the views of different stakeholders associated with education sector to make it more inclusive. RTE Forum, including several other organisations had submitted their suggestions and feedback. Now, they want to know the factual status of the policy and the stand of the Committee regarding different controversial issues debated since long in the area of education.

Mr Rai said that confusions and suspicions are arising across the country due to media excerpts without any authentic information about the content of the report. Expressing his deep concern over several issues including dismal status of the implementation of the RTE Act 2009 even after 6 years, he said that people of India want to know if the Report has set any goals and action plans to realize it. He reiterated that several systemic issues of governance, financing, quality, pedagogy, RTE, role of private sector and other issues related to school, higher and technical education has been debated and the positioning of the government on it is needed to be clarified.

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