Right to Education campaign to be launched today

With barely a few months left for the crucial Uttar Pradesh polls, the state government is reading motive in all initiatives unveiled by the Congress-led government at the Centre. UP, which is among the worst performing states in elementary education, will be the only state to miss out on sensitizing the massive countrywide year-long campaign on the Right to Education (RTE), which starts today.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will appeal to students today to study hard for achieving success in life. The Prime Minister’s message will be read out in all 13 lakh schools across the country, a copy of which has been sent to the headmasters. The day will also be celebrated as ‘National Education Day’.

An HRD Ministry official said “His message is likely to touch upon great personalities who by their dint of hard work became distinguished personalities in public life. The Prime Minister’s message could also throw light on the difficulties and challenges he had to face during his schools days in his village to acquire education,”

Last month, in a specially convened meeting of state education ministers on the RTE, it was decided that each state would be a party to the drive. Many opposition-ruled states had said that apart from the Prime Minister’s message, they would also include their chief ministers’ message to kick off the campaign.

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