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Proposed Amendments

RTE Act to be amended to include disabled children

The government today approved introduction of a bill in Parliament to amend the Right To Education Act to include disabled children under its ambit.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave the approval for introduction of the bill for carrying out amendments in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which was passed by Parliament in July this year.

The Act provides for free and compulsory education as a fundamental right of every child in the 6-14 age bracket and earmarks 25 per cent of the seats to children from economically weaker sections in private schools.

The government decided to amend the Act keeping in view the demand of groups working for the disabled children. These groups have been putting pressure on the government to ensure that disabled children are covered by the Act. more...

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2010

Consequent upon the enactment of the Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 which provides for free and compulsory education to all children of the age of 6 to 14 years was enacted.

Clause (d) of section 2 of the aforesaid Act of 2009 defines the expression “child belonging to disadvantaged group” to mean a child belonging to the Scheduled Caste, the Scheduled Tribe, the socially and educationally backward class or such other group having disadvantage owing to social, cultural, economic, geographical, linguistic, gender or such other factor, as may be specified by the appropriate Government, by notification. more...