India Backs Education for All to Counter Demographic Nightmare

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India approved legislation to make education compulsory and free, providing hundreds of millions of children with schooling to avoid a “demographic nightmare” that may curtail economic growth.

Lawmakers passed a bill in New Delhi late yesterday that promises children aged six to 14 a place in a neighborhood school within three years without fees or entrance tests, delivering on a 2002 constitutional amendment declaring lessons a human right. Applying the act will be the hard part as 23 years after India’s biggest push to tackle child labor official figures show 12 million youngsters are still toiling away.

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