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Foundation on RTE

Position paper on RTE

In 1950, the Constitution of India articulated its commitment to education under the Directive Principles of State Policy, a set of articles meant to serve as guidelines while framing laws and policies, but not enforceable in any court. Then in 2002, in the wake of a number of landmark Supreme Court judgments on the issue and vigorous civil society campaigning, the 86th Constitutional mendment made education a fundamental right of all children in the age-group of 6-14. In the same year, the government circulated a draft Right to Education bill, which went through several iterations thereafter, until the most recent version of it, upon receiving approval from the Union Cabinet, was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in December 2008. more... 

Letter to the Standing Committee

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008, is landmark legislation in the history of Indian Education and zim Premji Foundation is happy to see the Bill being introduced in Parliament. Since this is a unique moment in the history of our nation it is absolutely critical that we get the Bill passed in the best possible form. We believe that all possible improvements be made now rather than being introduced later as amendments since the spirit of the original bill remains forever. We therefore request your urgent attention to the following amendments in the Draft Bill of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008 before it is passed in Parliament. more... 

Note on Policy and Implementation Gaps Submitted to NAC

The recently legislated Right to Education (RTE) Act is a milestone in the journey towards achieving the goal of universal, equitable and quality education. The Act has travelled a long and arduous path to the point of legislative sanction and is the most substantive declaration of the government's responsibility towards education. Therefore it would be appropriate to examine the issues around educational policy in the overall framework already provided by the Right to Education (RTE) Act. more...