The Right to Education (RTE) rules require that the state education minister head the state advisory council, the body that will help in effective implementation of RTE provisions. In Goa, chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is also the state education minister, is set to opt out of the task and hand over the reins to educationists. The chief minister is set to nominate Louis Vernal as head of the advisory council.
The chief minister had in June announced that Vernal, the former principal of Ponda’s GVM college and dean of the faculty of education at Goa University, would advice the government on the issue on medium of instruction for primary education in Goa.
Once Goa notifies state rules for the central government Right of Child to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, the state advisory council, teh 15 members of which, have already been handpicked by the chief minister, will also be notified. Parrikar has already asked the members to work on recommendations to improve the quality of primary education in Goa. The report will be submitted for consideration of the government 15 days after the state advisory council is notified.
RTE requires that a 15-member state advisory council be formed ‘from amongst persons having knowledge and practical experience in the field of elementary education and child development’. ”The functions of the advisory council shall be to advise the state government on implementation of the provisions of the act in an effective manner,” states the act. The advisory council in Goa will compulsorily include four members from the weaker sections — SC, ST, OBC and minority communities. Members of the advisory council will hold office for a term of two years.