In probably one of the most daring decision, the Indian government will pass the Right to Education [RTE] today.
The right to education is recognized as a human right by the United Nations and is understood to establish an entitlement to free, compulsory primary education for all children, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all children, as well as equitable access to higher education, and a responsibility to provide basic education for individuals who have not completed primary education. – wikipedia
India joins the list of few countries where Right to Education is a fundamental right. The Act promises to ensure education for all children between 6 and 14, a whopping 22 crore children, out of which nearly 1.1 crore are out of school and the act makes it obligatory for the appropriate governments to ensure that every child gets free elementary education.
The Act mandates that even private educational institutions have to reserve 25 per cent seats for children from weaker sections. The Finance Commission has provided Rs 25,000 crore to the states for implementation of the Act.
Lack of teachers, funds, prevalent corruption,state-center differences, infrastructure and most importantly, the lack of will power to execute – there are multiple challenges for the government to go beyond lip service.
Only time will tell how real is RTE.
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