India on Tuesday joined a select global club with the passage of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, setting in motion an ambitious, if much-delayed, scheme of providing education to every child in the age bracket of 6-14 years.
The law is unique as while providing compulsory education, it would not fail any student till Class 8th while enjoining upon all government and private schools to provide 25% quota to “disadvantaged” children. The law provides for building neighbourhood schools in three years whose definition and location will be decided by states.
The legislation which has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha will soon be enacted after getting the assent from President Pratibha Patil.
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