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AP passes key bills for implementation of RTE Act


Press Trust of India Amaravati
The Andhra Pradesh Assembly Monday passed two Bills intended to improve the standard of education in the State.
The bills were passed for establishing the AP School Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission and AP Higher Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission in line with the objectives of the draft National Policy on Education, 2019 and Right to Education Act, 2009.
Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who termed the Bills "historic", said his government aimed at bringing about comprehensive changes in the education system in the State to make education a right for the poor and middle class families.
"Be it the parents or the government, the only inheritance we could give the children is education only," the Chief Minister told the Assembly during the discussion on the Bills.
Through education, children could come out of poverty, Jagan noted.
A retired judge of the High Court, appointed by the Chief Justice, would head the Commissions that would have 11 members each, including national experts in the field of education.
Highlighting the objectives of the proposed legislation, Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh said, "equity, quality, accessibility and affordability are critical towards fulfilling the objectives and the larger vision for school and higher education in the state."

The minister said the state government intended to promote uniform development of quality education in higher educational institutes with particular focus on ensuring maintenance of standard of education, regulation of fee and service conditions of teachers.
In accordance with the objectives of the draft National Education Policy, the state government aims at bridging the distance between central regulators and higher educational institutions through the Commission, the minister added.
He outlined similar objectives for the school education commission as well.

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First Published: Jul 29 2019 | 8:37 PM IST

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