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In 2009, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) established the government’s obligation to guarantee eight years of free, quality education to all children aged 6 to 14 years. Since its enactment, the landmark legislation has promoted considerable progress, but has failed to deliver on its full promises. This policy brief outlines how political will to ensure time-bound implementation has been inadequate; and how reforms are required to enforce compliance, institutionalize mechanisms of grievance redress, support community oversight, and ensure social inclusion.

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