Rajya Sabha passes Education Bill

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The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008,’ which envisages providing free and compulsory education to children in the 6-14 age group.

The landmark bill also has provisions for 25 per cent reservation for weaker sections in all schools at the entry level, strengthening the network of neighbourhood schools, and formulating a curriculum that is less rigorous and ensures all-round development of children.

Terming the exercise a “national enterprise that would help shape India’s future,” Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said the long-awaited legislation would ensure every child’s right to education, and the obligation of the government to impart that education. “Once Parliament passes it, it will be a fundamental right of the child,” Mr. Sibal said, replying to the debate in the Rajya Sabha. The right to education is one of the flagship programmes in the 100-day agenda of the UPA government.

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