Education, free & compulsory to every Indian child from today

HYDERABAD: The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, which makes education compulsory to every Indian child between 6 and 14 years of age, comes into force from today.

The Act not only makes education a fundamental right of every child between the ages of 6 to 14 but also specifies that private schools reserve 25 per cent of their seats for children from poor families.

In addition the schools shall not charge any capitation fee or subject the child or parents to interview or any screening procedure.

Corporal punishment is also a strict no-no with the Act stating clearly that there should be no physical or mental harassment of the child.

Making a formal announcement to the nation on the implementation of the Act, the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh assured that financial constraints would not hamper the implementation of the Right to Education Act.

“The needs of every disadvantaged section of our society, particularly girls, dalits, adivasis and minorities must be of particular focus as we implement this Act,” said the Prime Minister.

Stressing on the importance of all stakeholders coming together for the effective implement ation of the Act, the PM sought the co-operation of all the State Governments to join in this national effort with full resolve and determination.

Our government, in partnership with the State governments will ensure that financial constraints do not hamper the implementation of the Right to Education Act.
Source: Andhra

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