Education is a fundamental right of every child...
RTE, Right To Education is a historic law making education a fundamental right of every child in India will come into force on 1st April 2010. Its directly benefiting close to 1 crore children who do not go to schools at present. Nearly 92 lakh children, who have either dropped out from schools or have never been to any educational institution, will get elementary education as it will be binding on part of the local and state governments to ensure that all children in the six to 14 years age group get schooling.
Education became a fundamental right of every child in the age of six to 14 years through the 86th amendment by inserting a clause in the Constitution in 2002. Parliament passed the enabling law last year. At present, there are nearly 22 crore children in the relevant age group. However, 4.6 per cent of these children are out of school.
The Act mandates that even private educational institutions have to reserve 25 per cent seats for children from weaker sections. The Finance Commission has provided Rs 25,000 crore to the states for implementation of the Act. As per the government's estimate, there will be a requirement of Rs 1.71 lakh crore in the next five years for implementation of the Act.

on April 1, 2010
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