The Right to Free and Compulsory Education: Delivering the promise of the law
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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