The National Knowledge Commission (NKC), in its draft report on school education, has insisted on the speedy enactment of a Central legislation. This legislation will ensure the right of all children in the country to good quality school education up to Class VIII.
Under the UPA government the Right to Education (RTE) legislation has been passed around to a high-level group, the states, and the PM. The implementation and, in fact, the notification of the 86th Constitutional Amendment Act, making education a fundamental right for children of 6-14 age group, remains pending with none ready to take the final call.
The HRD ministry maintains that the RTE could bring about systemic changes that are required in the basic education sector in the country. The finance ministry had raised questions on who would bear the responsibility of financing the minimum requirements outlined in the Bill. For the NKC, it is clear that the responsibility of financing rests with the Centre. The NKC has gone on to strongly recommend a substantial increase in Central allocation, including funds to be provided to states for elementary education.
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