The Right to Education Bill tabled in Parliament could deny 400 million children in India the right to study, NGOs and social rights groups have pointed out. By encouraging private investment in education, the Bill threatens to rob the poorer sections of the chance to go to school, it has been claimed.
Child rights group CRY has claimed that the Bill has no provision for pre-school goers (in the 0-6 age group) and the middle to secondary school goers (15-18 age group). Also, the commitment to improve the quality of teaching has been left vague, even as government schools lose children to poor-quality, unregulated private schools.
“Education up to middle school is not enough for a child’s growth. Let us remember that this is the right to education’ Bill and not the right to literacy and numeracy’ alone. This selection of 6-14 age group is arbitrary and contradicts India’s promise to its children, of making education available, accessible and acceptable, ” said CRY director Dipankar Majumdar.
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