According to a study conducted by RTE Forum, a civil society group, only 8 percent of schools in India are complying with the Right To Education Act. The study further reveals that India spends less than 3 percent of GDP on education, as against its obligation of spending 6 percent. India’s per capita spending on education is approximately four times lesser than the spending incurred by middle-income countries. As per the study, while the country has progressive laws, successive governments have been lethargic when it comes to implementing these laws. Towards universal education Enacted by the Parliament of India on August 4, 2009, the Right To Education Act describes the modalities of ensuring free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 6 and 14. Implemented in the academic year 2010-11, the Act makes it compulsory for all private schools to reserve 25 percent of seats to children based on their economic background or caste. It further mandates that no child should be made to stay back a year, expelled or be required to pass a board exam until the completion of the elementary stage (Class 1-8). The Act also includes mentally and physically disabled children, who are entitled to free… Read full this story
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