HRC Summary - India 2nd cycle

The summary by the High Commissioner for Human Rights deals with education six times (points 5, 27, 40, 88, 89 and 90), twice concerning Human Rights Education. 

5. NHRC reported that there was still no national action plan for human rights. There was little progress in strengthening human rights education and almost none of the States in India had given education priority.

27. The quality of education, particularly in the villages, was dismal; the infrastructure was appalling, teachers were absent, para-teachers were poorly trained. Learning levels and literacy were very low.

40. WGHR stated that there was no public information available of a developed national action plan for human rights education and JS18 recommended its development. JS9 recommended that India formulate a coherent plan to provide training on the prevention of discrimination to, inter alia, law enforcement and judicial personnel.

9. Right to education

88. JS6 was concerned about inadequate funding to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) and involvement of the private sector. While acknowledging the RTE, JS15 referred to widespread internet use and indicated that the internet could be a medium to access information and knowledge at low cost.

89. JS3 noted that discrimination against ST and SC children affected children in the educational system. JS9 stated that a disproportionate number of SC students, in higher education, had committed suicide. ERI recommended zero tolerance for any form of discrimination based, inter alia, on religion, caste, or disability, in schools.

90. HRW reported on Maoist attacks on schools and on the government occupation of schools for their anti-insurgency operations. Related concerns were raised by JS20, UNM-M and JS13. ERI recommended that the army or police should not occupy schools during conflict situations.

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