A Study on India’s the Right to Education Act: Overcoming Social & Economic Challenges

Abstract

Indian governments have had to address a number of key challenges with regard to education policy as it is a crucial part of its development agenda. Education enables our children to acquire the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes necessary to become responsible and active citizens of India. The Right to Education (RTE) Act, which was passed by Indian government on 4th August, 2009, describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 to 14 years in India. India became one of 135 countries to make education a fundamental right of every child when this Act came into force on 1st April, 2010. But alas, reality is bitter than imagination, it is been observed generally that people are not only ignoring the RTE Act, but they are also involving children malpractices such as child labour, early marriages etc. to increase their earnings. In this study a survey will be done to find common people’s awareness of this Act and would highlight the various issues of social justice required for it. It would also focus on the pedagogy to be adopted so that the right to education becomes an actual right for all our children and not merely a right on paper. Keywords: right to education, RTE Act, fundamental right, pedagogy of education, social justice, child labour



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Ratna Banerjee, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India
Surbhi Arora, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India

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Conference: ACE2013
Stream: Education

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