The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 is scheduled to be brought up for consideration and passage in the Lok Sabha on 18 July 2017. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017 is also scheduled for consideration and passing in the lower house.
Besides this, the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017 are scheduled to be introduced in the Lok Sabha.
On the other hand, bills up for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha include Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017.
About Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017
• The bill was introduced by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in Lok Sabha on 10 April 2017.
• The Bill amends the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 by extending the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment.
• Under the Act, if a state does not have adequate teacher training institutions or a sufficient number of qualified teachers, the provision to possess minimum qualifications is relaxed for a period not exceeding five years i.e. until 31 March 2015.
• The Bill further adds to this provision by stating that those teachers who do not possess the minimum qualifications as on 31 March 2015 will acquire the minimum qualifications within a period of four years i.e. by 31 March 2019.
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