RTE- A Shot In The Dark?

Education has always been, and will continue to be a topic of debate. When we talk about education, a thousand thoughts and words go through the head. The first word we associate with education is undoubtedly, ‘children’. But, which children are we talking about here?The ones who have all the facilities and all the financial support it takes to live their dreams and have a bright future? But what about those kids who are deprived off access to the very basic level of education owing to numerous constraints?

How are they supposed to learn? Should they give up on their dreams to get educated and contribute to the society? Or should they just accept the fact that they belong to a weaker section of the society and thus, have no right to be educated?

The constitution of India has provided the Right To Education (RTE) under Article 21A of the Indian constitution, which states that all citizens from the age of 6 to 14 years must have free and equal access to education without any discrimination on the basis of caste, economic status, social status, etc. This is the fundamental right of every child of the country. In fact, this right also makes education compulsory for children within the age group of 6-14 years.

All the government schools, government aided private schools and even private schools must implement this right to the fullest. When we say that education is free, we not only mean that basic education should be free but it should be directed towards the full development of the personality. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship.

But is this act really serving its purpose?  Is it going in the right direction and giving us the desired outcomes? Hardly, if reports on educational outcomes over last few years are to be believed. The results canada goose down jacket https://www.goedkopeparka.nl Canada Goose mens online cheap, since the advent of RTE in 2009, are actually going down!


One of the main culprits behind this dismal situation, inter alia, is the disinterest among schools and institutions that are too focused on minting money and maximizing their personal gains acheter ligne viagra. The law seems to be toothless in enforcing its provisions on these schools.

Another limitation in the law is the age-old tradition of unnecessarily over-emphasizing on the inputs without paying much heed to the learning outcomes. If a child goes to school for three, five, or eight years, what should his/her learning achievement be? If some basic minimum learning is not achieved, should it not be considered a violation of the child’s right to education?

Going by the Constitutional perspective, Supreme Court in many of its judgements has talked about the provision of not only basic and free education to children from the age of 6 to 14 years, but also quality education as stated in State Of Tamil Nadu Vs. Shyam Sunder (2011) 8 Scc 737.

The question, then,is where is the execution, where is the outcome?

The government has a lot to introspect and answer here. Most of the provisions mentioned in the RTE seem to be only on paper and are seldom visible on the ground. Whether the government and its institutions are lacking insight or intent makes no difference to the fact that it is totally ineffective in implementing RTE in its right spirit.

The private sector can hardly be expected to make a dent here for majority of our 240 Million school kids. Given the sheer number of students, the ‘profit’ motive can be easily served even if the private sector focus only on 5% (or less) of the top cream of the student ‘market’ in the country as is amply evident in a recent sharp rise in venture funding to school education related business start-ups.

So government is unable to do it and private sector won’t do it for most of our kids. Now what?APTOPIX India Free School

It is high time that We, the People of India should come forward and take a stand to bridge the educational gaps in the society. It is high time we realise that the situation is alarming and if something is not done to reverse it NOW, our demographic dividend will become our demographic disaster in no time.

Let us also realise that the large number of uneducated kids of today will become totally unproductive and uncontrolled youth energy of tomorrow. The safety, sustainability and the very ‘livability’ of our society, where our own children will live and breathe, is at stake here.

It is time for us to be responsible. It is time for us to act. It is time for Public Social Responsibility.

Let’s join hands together and reach out to crores of children who also want to live their dreams but may not have adequate means to do so. We must make efforts to level the playing field such that each child in India has equal opportunity and access to education.





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