Right to Free and Compulsory Education
Delivering the Promises of the Lawovernment fails to demonstrate its political will by adopting a set of concrete steps.
In 2009, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) outlined the government’s obligation to guarantee eight years of free, quality education to all children aged six to fourteen years. Since its enactment, the landmark legislation has promoted considerable progress, but has on the whole failed to deliver on its full promises. Political will to ensure time-bound implementation has been inadequate; and reforms are required to enforce compliance, institutionalize mechanisms of grievance redress, support community oversight, and ensure social inclusion.
Achievements in the past three years have been meaningful. Enrolment at the primary level is reaching 100 per cent among girls and boys. Transition rates from primary to upper primary have increased overall, and among girls specifically. Tens of thousands of schools have been built, more teachers appointed, and more schools equipped with toilets for girls, as well as drinking water facilities.