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Anindita Nayak
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Education for all!

Published 02nd April 2010 - 5 comments - 4999 views -

There is no debate on if education is important. Its obvious that it empowers you. Understanding this the India government had made amendments in the Constitution in 2002 making ‘right to education’ a fundamental right. After 6 years, the government has finally passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. The reason that the government took time to pass this Act was the lack of funds.

This Act ensures free primary education for children between 6 and 14 years which constitute about 31% of the population.Some features and demands of this Act will definitely improve standard of education like private schools have been asked to reserve about 25% of seats for backward class and poor children which fees will be paid by the government. The government plans to have one primary school for every 1km and one school for every 3km for 5th -8th grade students.  The ‘compulsory ‘ term in the Act means that the government will ensure that every child completes education atleast till 14years of age, this would also reduce the number of child labors as some families cant afford to send their kids to school and send them off to beg or work instead. Schools are now asked to extend the deadline of admissions by 6months since the date of admission. Now about 1.2 million teachers will be required to meet the demand which will now be met by a large scale training programs.

Education for all

The number of children going to schools now is close to 75%, ensuring everybody getting enrolled in schools shouldn’t hard. Now, we should be looking at the quality, affordability, necessary infrastructure. Some of the existing challenges are girls dropping put because of lack of toilets, teachers not turning up for work, corporal punishments, lack of co-curricular activities, bad infrastructure, unbalance teacher to student ratio, unqualified or bad teachers. There is need for such quality check to ensure effective implementation of the law.

Also, the restriction till 14 years is not a very good idea I would say. By 14years, one would have just finished 8th grade studies which is not good enough and lack of funds will lead to dropping put of schools.  The age limit should either be extended till 18years or till completion of 12th grade as there are many scholarships which can help you pay for your college but there aren’t many such offers after 8th grade.  Education qualifications of a 8th grade student cant help him make a living. Free vocational training after 8th also can be a good idea if extending the limit is proving to be expensive. (Its estimated that the government would be spending something close to 370billion rupees a year)

It’s a brilliant initiative of the government but can be improved.

Category: Education | Tags: india, right to education,


  • Daniel on 02nd April 2010:

    Nice post, and a really great initiative by your government smile

    I was also thinking of how much education should be universal… in the UN declaration of rights it says that primary education should be universal and free, but as the general level of education, and the demands for employment has changed radically since 1946 when this was written, maybe it it time to include also 12 years of schooling and vocational training?

  • Clare Herbert on 02nd April 2010:

    Education is hereditary. If we reach one generation, research shows that the next generation is much more likely to follow suit. It is the silver bullet to success. Nice post.

  • Anindita on 05th April 2010:

    Thanks for the comments.
    @Daniel i agree, its time to make some changes

  • Ivaylo Vasilev on 05th April 2010:

    Cool post, thank you! there must be more details to it, I am sure! Is it manageable to make it compulsory for everybody? What are the stimuli… Carrot (you get benefits from attending) or stick (you get punished for not attending)? I know how terribly difficult any implementation of a policy is in Bulgaria, which has about 7 million people inside, and how about India, which is one-hundred-and-fifty times larger in terms of population?

  • theodore sam on 12th April 2010:

    The debate on who funds RTE has begun.  A major state which is the home for a significant number of India’s ‘out of school’ children has raised its banner of revolt.  The dance of elephants (Centre & State) has begun; as in the case of all such dances the grass gets trampled.  In this case ‘your children and our future.’  Will our children’s fundamental right become captive of the centre -state politics?–-right-to-education/

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