Right to Information to be included in school courses
Merisarkar News Service. New Delhi, July 09, 2012
Schools to teach about RTI
With an aim to generate awareness on the Right to Information Act, the Centre is considering introduction of lessons on various facets of the transparency law in the school curriculum.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which acts as a nodal agency for matters related to RTI Act, is in talks with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for the purpose, officials said.
"The government is coordinating with NCERT about possible inclusion of lessons on RTI in school curriculum. A roadmap is likely to be devised soon," a DoPT official said.
The NCERT conducts and supports educational research and offers training in educational research methodology, besides developmental activities in school education.
Officials said the proposal is at a nascent stage and a final decision will only be taken after consultation with the NCERT.
The decision was taken after seeing the growing number of RTI applications filed in central and state government run departments.
"The RTI Act has helped in improving the level of governance. Applicants have brought both the success stories and anomalies in the functioning of some departments. We want that the Act be widely publicised and especially school goers be targeted," the official said.
The RTI Act may be taught, as curriculum or in the form of non-mandatory supplementary books, for the students between upper primary and higher secondary level (class VII and XII).