India’s Right to Education

by Ratul Puri Marketing Consultant
Our fundamental rights are divided under these 7 basic human rights and we all should know about them:

  • Right to equality
  • Right to freedom of religion
  • Right to freedom
  • Right against exploitation
  • Right to property
  • Right to constitutional remedies
  • Right to education

In 2009 the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE Act) was introduced and came in effect by early 2010. As per RTE Act, a child has free right to education if he is between 6 to 14 years of age in a school nearby till he/she completes elementary education.

With the help of RTE India, the enrollment and schooling progressed but the main problem that central and state government still faces is high rate of dropouts and low learning levels. Government has introduced so many programs which have really helped in primary school enrollments not just in big villages but in remote areas as well.

Let’s have a look at how the government has promoted RTE act in villages and remote areas of India.

  1.     Investment in infrastructure – it was a priority of Indian Government to provide infrastructural facilities to promote enrollment. Now there are more than 1.4 Million schools i.e. 98% of the living habitation within 1 KM have a primary school, this has really helped in providing primary education in India. Not just that but 92% of the living area have upper primary schools within 3 KM of walking distance.
  2.     Access to hygienic privileges – India is still lagging behind as only 74% of the schools have access to proper drinking water and more than 54% of schools have proper toilets for the girls. Although India is lagging behind in this data but the government has been doing a lot lately for betterment.
  3.     Programmes – The government has introduced so many programmes with the agenda of attracting school enrollment. Mid-day meal programme is one of the schemes where students are provided with proper balanced diet food in their lunch. This programme has attracted enrollment because enrollment not only provides education is free but also the student gets one meal of the day free of cost. Under many programmes, students are given education about hygiene, diseases, gender equality, social equality etc. Students are also provided with so many things like school bags, uniform, books etc.

Most importantly RTE Act provides students with education which is free from tension and fear. But still our government has to do a lot to bring down the dropout rates and improve learning in primary education and upper primary education levels.

We’re done with this post on right to education in India. To know more about topics such as primary education in India, early childhood education schools etc. keep reading our forthcoming articles.

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