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Sibal seeks balance between Central and State education Acts

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In advance to implementation of Right To Education Act (RTE), coming into effect from April 1, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal mentioned that he wants to build a consensus with state governments. Sibal stated that soon private schools in India will have the right to decide the fees they want to charge from the students they enroll and also decide the salaries they want to pay to their teachers.

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In Delhi, Sibal's proposal contradicts the 1973 Delhi School Education Act, which stipulates that teachers in private schools cannot be paid less than their counterparts in government schools. However, he defended that the contradictions would be invalid once the RTE is implemented. Teachers working at public schools are required to be paid a minimum of INR 22,000 a month, according to the Sixth Pay Commission set up in 2006 by the Cabinet to revise the salaries of government employees.

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