RTE provides a ripe platform to reach the unreached, with specific provisions for the disadvantaged groups. The session deliberateted on the implications for RTE in schools in India and strategies for addressing the opportunities and challenges for the same
Principal, J J Public School, Indore
The Right to Education Act is forward looking, but I hope it does not become like the other acts, which are only applicable on paper. Just giving admission and paying fee is not sufficient. How can the wide gap in the economic status be bridged? RTE children can’t afford the luxuries which their counterparts studying in private schools have. The consequences could be drastic. Such children may either adopt unfair means or develop inferiority complex and negativity.
Head Business Development Schools,
British Council Division
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Principal, Maharashi Centre For Educational Excellence
Education is a fundamental human right, without which capabilities for a decent life and effective participation in society are less likely to be developed. The RTE Act has provided us the tools to provide quality education to all our children. It is now imperative that we, the people of India, join hands to ensure the implementation of this law in its true spirit. The government is committed to this task, though real changes will happen only through collective action and we must come forward willingly for the same. At the grassroot level, realisation of the intent of this historic legislation cannot be solely left to the government machinery. Civil society and all stakeholders in education must step forward to implement the RTE Act.