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Wednesday December 21, 2011 07:50:14 PM, IANS

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New Delhi: The Right to Education (RTE) Act cannot be a panacea to the poor education system in the country, experts said Wednesday.

"The historic Right to Education (RTE) Act can not be the comprehensive solution to the country's education-related issues," said researcher Geeta Gandhi Kingdon at a School Choice National Conference in the capital.

According to experts, the states are facing a slew of obstacles ranging from generating resources to ensuring admission of children in age-appropriate classes.

Listing the inefficacy of RTE, Kingdon said: "RTE is pointless as it squanders public money on untried educational methods."

Dilip Modi, chairman, Spice Communications, said there was a lack of debate on RTE which left some questions unanswered.

"Ideally, the policy should be socially desirable, economically viable and politically acceptable."

Former chief secretary of Gujarat, Sudhir Mankad, presented the government's point of view and said that nothing could be perfect, but RTE was a good policy.

Enforced on April 1, 2010, RTE Act makes education free for the children from 6-14 years of age.

The one-day conference brought together several experts on education to discuss and debate key issues and educational reforms.





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