A Critique of Right to Education in India
Keywords:Criticism of Right to Education, Constitutional 86th Amendment, Fundamental Right to Education, Free and Compulsory Education.
The judicial efforts at national level along with the pressure built by International community at Jometien Conference and afterwards finally led to the Constitutional Amendment in 2002 to ensure 8 years of basic schooling as a fundamental right in India. The amendment needed enabling legislation to be effective, the enactment of which was not smooth but had a long chequered history, depicting official apathy. The historic legislation was ultimately enacted in 2009 but its criticism outnumbered its main features. The paper submits the critical appraisal of the legislation which most of the critiques have neglected.
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