Right to Education Act finally came through on 1st April 2010. While this is no little task, it is our hope that we are going in the right direction.
Here are a few information on the Right to Education Act:
The act was enacted by the parliament on 4th August 2009
Free and Compulsory Education for children aged between 6-14 years
This is under Article 21A of the Indian constitution
It extends to the whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir
It requires reservation of 25% seats in private schools for children from weaker section of society
The Act compels the State to provide all supplies, fees, transportation, libraries etc.
Admission to students will be allowed any time during the academic year
The Act also provides that no child shall be held back, expelled, or required to pass a board examination until the completion of elementary education.
Special training for dropouts to bring them to par with students of the same age
No birth certificate or transfer certificate is required for a student to get into a school
Therefore, India would need:
15 lakh new teachers and they are to be trained by 1st of October 2010. I can imagine the revolution the country will see even if just a fraction of the 200 million from the underprivileged families could receive their education through some of the good schools we have in the country.
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