KOLLAM: Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan has urged the Centre to give the State the freedom to implement the Right to Education Act by considering its own interest.
Inaugurating the Kundara campus of the Institute of Fashion Technology (Kerala) at Vellimon near here, on Monday, the Chief Minister said that since education was a subject included in the Concurrent List, the State should have the right to implement the Act by making amendments to safeguard its interests.
He said that the implementation of the Act would create a situation of confusion, at least, for the time-being.
“For instance in Kerala five is the minimum age for getting admitted to the first standard while it is six in the Act. If the age limit is implemented in Kerala, a situation would arise that nobody can join the first standard next year.
In the Act, fifth standard is part of Lower Primary School while eighth standard forms part of the Upper Primary School.
If this is implemented in Kerala, the private managements will make appointments to the post of teachers by taking a huge sum as donation.
In the high school classes about one-third of the teachers would become protected teachers,” the Chief Minister said.
Achuthanandan made it clear that the State was not against the Act.