The gifted child’s right to education

Kurup, Anitha (2014) The gifted child’s right to education. Learning Curve (23). pp. 6-8.

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India’s commitment to provide free and compulsory elementary education was demonstrated after the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act ( RTE Act 2009) was enacted. Today, every child is entitled to quality education at the elementary school level. With the growing recognition that no two individuals are the same, the formal schooling system in India has to gear towards meeting the needs of children who come from diverse backgrounds. By the RTE Act, 2009, the schooling system in India is compelled to embrace inclusive education as a philosophy and approach and demonstrate the same through practice. Inclusive education encompasses gender, scheduled castes and tribes, religious minority, physical and learning disability, and the gifted and talented. Including all children up to 14 years in the formal education system in India is an uphill task. In the crisis of serious resource crunch, it may appear hard to argue for resources for a gifted education programme. Conceding equal educational opportunities for all is important. Advocates of gifted education argue that these provisions are not adequate to meet the needs of the gifted children. Therefore it is imperative that the state not absolve its responsibility of catering to the needs of the gifted children as this will hurt the gifted children of the poor the most.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Kurup, Anitha
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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