The landmark Right to Education Bill (RTE), passed by the Rajya Sabha on July 20, now awaits Lok Sabha approval.
Educationists have welcomed the bill, but with a note of caution. Speaking to Hindu The, Farida Lambay, a member of the State Commission on the Protection of Child Rights in Maharashtra, is happy that the RTE has sought to universalise quality education for children, but pointed out several lacunae.
“The biggest one is that the bill brings within its purview only children in the 6-14 age group. This is at odds with the Juvenile Justice Act, which defines children as those under 18,” she said.
“The right to work should be given to those in the 14-18 age group if the bill implies that they are adults,” said Ramesh Joshi, deputy general secretary of the All India Federation of Teachers Organisations.
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