Educational Policies in Challenging Areas

Paik, Saswati (2017) Educational Policies in Challenging Areas. The Learning Curve.

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As per the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 in India, every Indian child is eligible for ‘free and compulsory education’ from 6 to 14 years. Assuming that a child is in 1st grade at age 6, and reaches 9th grade at 14. During these 8 years of ‘free and compulsory education’, a child can get free books, uniforms and mid-day meal on school days from the government S/he does not have to pay any tuition fee for schooling. There are variations in terms of this policy from state to state, but in general, these are the common benefits expected from the government. But once a child reaches secondary level and costs increase, parents are supposed to bear the shortfall. S/he may become vulnerable to dropping out, especially if issues like poverty and resource availability Issues, access to school, teachers’ behaviour in school, traditional practices within the society become additional constraints.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Paik, Saswati
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, RTE, Schools,
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
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