is a right now
“Education is more than a luxury; it is a
responsibility that society owes itself” - Robin Cook
After eight years of the 86th amendment to the
constitution, the Right to Education Act came into force on 1st
of April 2010. The Act makes elementary education for all children
in the age group of 6-14 compulsory.
The implementation of the RTE Act will directly
benefit close to 1 crore children (as per UNESCO). This also makes
it obligatory for the central and state governments to ensure that
every child gets free elementary education. The government estimates
an expense of 1.71 lakh crore over the next five years for the implementation
of the Act.
The RTE act is India's contribution to the Millennium Development
Goal of 'Education for All by 2015' of the United Nations. The Act
which will be applicable to all of India except Jammu and Kashmir,
provides for 25 percent reservation for the economically disadvantaged
communities in admission to private schools.
A big boost to address one of the important issues
facing the country, RTE implementation will propel the country towards
greater heights of productivity and prosperity. The Act charts out
an important role for the civil society to be a major player in
making its implementation a success.