Significance of the RTE Act to the public education system

Rishikesh, B. S. (2016) Significance of the RTE Act to the public education system. Learning Curve (25). pp. 27-29.

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The RTE Act 2009 (The Act) is about the ‘right of children in India for free and compulsory elementary education’; it is about children and not about schools, hence the significance of the Act is to all schools. However, the popular perception, accompanied by the undue focus of implementing one minor provision of the Act by the education departments of the various States, coupled with a few judgments from the Supreme Court has led to the belief that the Act has, in fact, nothing to do with the public education system! It is important to clarify this and other myths associated with the Act. Hence, in this article the attempt will not be to detail out the significant aspects of the Act to the public education system, as much as, to detail out the Act in order to bust the myth that the Act is all about reservations in the private schools and hence has nothing to do with the public education system.The biggest myth to bust is – ‘the RTE Act in India is about privatising education’. Recently at a high level meeting, I was witness to one gentleman going on relentlessly at every given opportunity that the only way to progress on the education front is to abolish the RTE Act!

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Rishikesh, B. S.
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
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