debate on right to education act
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- Right to Education aims at providing free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of 6-14 years as a Fundamental Right
- mandated by Article 21-A in the Constitution of India
- compulsory for private schools to reserve 25% of seats at entry level for children belonging to ‘weaker sections’
- a progressive policy that aims to take education to the masses
- has potential to change the face of education system if implemented seriously
It ensure that every child under the age group of 6 to 14 gets quality and free education 2. ensuring that all the students and their teachers meet some specified norms 3. bringing children of marginalized section into the ambit of school education.nearly all educationally developed countries attained their current educational status by legislating free and compulsory education -- Britain did so in 1870 -- India has dithered and lagged behind in introducing such legislation, with grave consequences.
Of the nearly 200 million children in the age group between 6 and 14 years, more than half do not complete eight years of elementary education; they either never enroll or they drop out of schools. Of those who do complete eight years of schooling, the achievement levels of a large percentage, in language and mathematics, is unacceptably low. It is no wonder that a majority of the excluded and non-achievers come from the most deprived sections of society -- Dalits, Other Backward Claases, tribals, women, Muslims and financially backward -- precisely those who are supposed to be empowered through education.
The Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh has emphasized that it is important for the country that if we nurture our children and young people with the right education, India’s future as a strong and prosperous country is secure.
This entitles children to have the right to education enforced as a fundamental right.