JAMMU, Aug 8: National Students’ Union of India today warned agitation if the Right to Education Act is not immediately implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to media persons, here today, the NSUI State president Neeraj Kundan lamented that it was very unfortunate that the Right to Education was not a Fundamental Right in the State.
“NSUI has been protesting since long for the same and now we are going to resume our agitation if the Act is not implemented immediately,” he said while listing the benefits of RTE.
“The State should not forget that the school drop-out rate, out-of-school children, quality of education and availability of trained teachers continue to remain unaddressed in the State. This is further emboldened by the Unnikrishnan judgment, wherein the court observed that the right to education up to 14 years would not be contingent upon the economic capacity of the State,” NSUI State president explained.
Demanding implementation of RTE Act at the earliest Ajay Kumar, national delegate of NSUI said that the basic architecture in education appears missing. “It is just like putting the cart before the horse. Much time has elapsed since the right to education received the status of a fundamental right in the whole of India. The State should not further kill its time in putting the right at the pedestal of a fundamental right,” he stressed.
Kamal Magotra, State general secretary of NSUI and Nitin Bakhshi, president of NSUI Jammu University were also present in the press conference.