The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 has communicated and executed free and compulsory education to children between 6 and 14 years of age but the question before the government and concerned body is about the actual performance of the Act on the ground. No doubt the Act has communicated the right to education and hope for literate future generations in communities, especially amongst underprivileged sections of the society. However the attainment of the free and compulsory education to all children aged 6 to 14 is still not only an unsettled ambition but has also opened the gateway to deny the educational rights of some children.
|A Social Volunteer is teaching a group of children|
|Children are engaged in drawing activities|
All these incidences highlight the hidden lopehole of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009. School administration and staff are using the age factor as a tool to avoid the burden of admissions of children from underprivileged background; in other words this awarded right is denying the right of many children by using its own rule of the Act. This doesn’t mean rights should not be given but the matter is to reduce the denial of the right through critical analysis and amendments. Anil Sadgopal, an educationist has rightly said “it is a fraud on our children. It gives neither free education nor compulsory education. In fact, it only legitimizes the present multi-layered, inferior quality school education system where discrimination shall continue to prevail.”