- The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has directed the Odisha government to ensure that schools in the state follow a uniform syllabus at the elementary level according to provision laid under the Right to Education Act, 2009.
- The direction came against the backdrop of reports received by the NCPCR that certain schools or boards in different parts of the country are violating the norms of the Right to Education Act prescribed in its Section 29
- According to Section 29 (1) of RTE Act,if a state,board or school is found to follow the curriculum and evaluation procedure in elementary classes other than the one prescribed by academic authorities, it shall be treated as a violation of the Act.
- The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR) was set up in 2007 as a statutory body under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act,2005.
- It works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Women & Child Development.
- The Commission’s mandate is to ensure that all Laws,Policies and Administrative mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and also the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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