JEPC office in Ranchi
Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC) is setting up a special cell for proper implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act with technical guidance from Unicef.
The RTE cell, which will be responsible for planning and developing support materials, will have two members each from Bihar, Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand as consultants to monitor activities of state-run schools vis-à-vis the act.
Four members have already been selected. They have arrived in the state and have started collaborating with JEPC officials on the project.
The primary task of the RTE cell, which will be housed at JEPC’s Doranda office itself, will be to develop information, education and communication (IEC) materials and provide support to implementing agencies to spread awareness about the act. It will also function as a knowledge centre and bring together departments and agencies working for the effective implementation of the act.
Once formed, the cell will help JEPC review the existing education policy and make necessary changes in line with the RTE Act apart from designing programmes to educate various stakeholders.
It will also ensure that children from disadvantaged groups are able to enjoy the entitlements under the RTE Act.
Unicef education specialist Binay Patnaik said the cell would play a key role in monitoring activities under RTE in the state.
“The team, which has been constituted, will draw from their experience as members of other state RTE cells while analysing data and monitoring quality,” he said.
The cell will also work closely with JEPC in identifying child-friendly schools in 15 districts with the help of coordinators.
JEPC official Baikunth Pandey said the RTE cell would start functioning soon, as the members had been chosen and efforts were on to complete all formalities at the earliest.
“The members will support us in effective implementation of the RTE Act and make all state-run schools RTE compliant,” he said.