India: Right To Education-Lofty Goals, Hasty, Poor Drafting and Slow Implementation
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January 5, 2013 - 4:30am
Written by Sanjeev Kulkarni
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 guarantees children between the ages of 6 and 14 their fundamental right to quality elementary education by the State. Private schools [including famous elite schools] - for low-income children have to reserve 25% of seats to children from poor families and will be be reimbursed by the state as part of the public-private partnership plan. 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. There is also a provision for special training of school drop-outs to bring them up to par with students of the same age.
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