How loopholes in Right to Education deny children the Right to Education

Vajpayee genetically belonged to RSS ideology: Geelani on Modi’s Kashmir remark

Kashmir shuts on JRL’s call, restrictions imposed in Srinagar areas

J&K: After year of delay, ULB, Panchayat polls from September

Dissolve Assembly to end horse trading: Omar to Governer

Supreme Court orders shifting of 7 accused from Kathua to Gurdaspur Jail

No progress in probes ordered in 2016 killings: SHRC

Kashmir: Two injured in ongoing Shopian gunfight

Defending Art 35A not anti-national activity: Omar ABdullah

Shah-e-Hamdan Urs observed with religious fervor

Muslim and Hindu leaders attend Onam celebrations together in Kodinhi: Malappuram

Tribal man Lal Hussaina beaten by Cow Vigilantes in J&K

Mumbai rains: Death toll reaches six, heavy rains lash Andheri, Thane

Deadline for Aadhaar to avail social welfare schemes extended to Dec 31: Centre to SC

Who is Poor in India

भाजपा के समर्थन से गुरूवार को नीतीश कुमार लेंगे फिर से मुख्यमंत्री पद की शपथ

Students of Aliah University take out march against recent communal tensions in Bengal

Tanzeem-e-Jafferi, organised Youm-i-Qudas in Hyderabad

Youm-i-Qudas observed in Kashmir to condemn the continuous occupation of Israel in Palestine

Imran Ansari: Iran is peace loving nation, ‘Geelani’s statement on Iran is regrettable’

‘भाजपा अगर जीती तो मेघालय में सस्ती हो जाएगी बीफ़’

Govt. of India ‘totally agrees’ with army chief’s ‘dirty war’ remark

Police foil Hindu right wing’s bid to evoke communal violence following desecration of temple in Malappuram

Restrictions, shutdown cripple life in Kashmir Valley for 2nd day

Kashmir Day 2: Curfew, restrictions continue

पीएम मोदी से मुलाक़ात कर मुस्लिम धर्म-गुरूओं ने कौन सा वादा तोड़ा?

Rozina Sheikh, whose mother works as a tailor, scores 97 percentile rank in Class 12; aspires to become a doctor

Protest against Molestation: 80 Girls quit School and sit on Hunger Strike in Haryana

Police implicating in fake cases, self-defense training is not against any religion: DJS

Govt bans Facebook, Whatsapp among 22 social networking sites in Kashmir

Sabarmati Express blast: Supreme Court grants bail to former AMU scholar

BJP Govt. has no policy to handle Naxalism: Owaisi

Muslims must work with other marginalised communitie to counter RSS propoganda

UP government cancels 15 holidays, including Alvida Juma and Id-Milad-un-Nabi

Narendra Modi does not want peace with Pakistan: Musharraf

26 CRPF men killed in Chhattisgarh naxal attack

Babri Hunts Advani’s dream to become President of India

Whatsapp group admins may land in jail for offensive posts

Jamia VC urges students to join armed forces

जिनकी क़लम गांधी को चम्पारण खींच लाई…

Amarnath Yatra a case of ‘militarised pilgrimage’, says Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society in report

मोदी के ‘गांधी’ की हुई जीत, नीतीश के ‘गांधी’ को लौटना पड़ा वापस!

विश्व स्वास्थ्य दिवस गुज़र गया, लेकिन इन आदिवासी महिला किसानों की किसी से न भी सुनी…

The dangers of communalising the issue of Kashmir

If you want to ban triple talaq then also reinstate 'sati pratha': Azam Khan

South Kashmir resident hit by bullet on poll-day in Ganderbal succumbs

Amid Kashmir calm, protests reach Banihal

Indian Media maligns Muslims with false verdicts

“To maintain secularism and tolerance, it is necessary to work on Sir Syed’s thoughts”

Those giving Talaq against ‘Sharia’ law will face social boycott: AIMPLB

Triple Talaq row: AIMPLB questions PM Modi’s repeated ‘interference’

BJP says Quota is Un-Islamic

Don’t want conflict in Muslim society over triple talaq: Modi

एक दलित नेता ने नसीमुद्दीन को बताया ‘दलाल’, लगाया शहर में पोस्टर

Imran Ansari visits flood-hit areas of Pattan

Kashmir: Youth shot dead in Batamaloo

Tying a boy with Army jeep ‘an open terrorism’: Hurriyat (M)

Delhi HC rejects plea challenging validity of JK’s special status

If Jadhav hanged, India must recognise Balochistan an independent country: Swamy

Bajrang Dal spreads venom against muslims in Hanuman Jayanti rally, case registered

Amid 3 civilian killings, by-polls in Srinagar Parl constituency witnesses 3.12 percent voting

Jamaat-e-Islami to start awareness campaign on Triple Talaq

Flood threat persists in Srinagar, ends in South: Govt

Kashmir Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reiterates poll boycott

Families of Muslim undertrials killed losing hope in Judiciary

Curfew imposed in Bhadrak town after violence

US warships fire cruise missiles on Syrian airbase

Kashmiri photographer wins Wisden-MCC cricket photograph of the year award

Muslim youth beaten during Ram Navami Yatra, police registered a case

Fir against Bengal BJP chief for being armed in Ram Navmi rally

Two die, seven injured due to weather vagaries

Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee pitches for election boycott

Kashmir: Govt declares flood

Launch of ‘Unite India’ App to promote Indian Nationalism

Pakistan welcomes US offer of mediation; India rejects

NC-Cong responsible for Afzal Guru’s hanging: Qazi Yasir

बिहार के बिक्रमगंज में साम्प्रदायिक तनाव, फिलहाल स्थिति नियंत्रण में

मीडिया की ये ख़बर भी निकली झूठी, खुद दरगाह के दीवान ने किया खंडन

Law and order disrupted in Bhainsa during Ram Navami procession

Imam of Tipu Masjid demands Ban on “Rss” After “Armed” Rallies on Ram Navami

“Pale shadow of Harmony will remain” – Saeed Naqvi in AMU

तो क्या अब योगी खोलेंगे देवबंद में आधुनिक स्लाटर हाउस या ख़बर है फ़र्ज़ी?

Triple talaq against Sharia, Muslims should refrain from eating cow meat: Dewan Ajmer Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan

Five men brutally beaten up by Gau Rakshaks in Alwar, 1 dead

Kerala Sunni Students Federation to adopt villages damaged by police in Malappuram

Choose between ‘terrorism’ and tourism: Modi

Islamic Calligraphy exhibition in Jeddah

Construction of Mosque in Ayodhya is a matter of ego for muslims: Vinay Katiyar

Meat Ban hits Muslims mass marriage in UP

Bloodbath in Kashmir: 3 civilians and one militant killed in forces’ firing in Chadoora

A mosque can be demolished, but not temple: Swamy

Missing JUN Student: Delhi court to hear students plea today

In Yogi's regime, Lucknow goes vegetarian

No out-of-court settlement with modi, Yogi at helm: BMAC

Kashmir-based environmental film wins ‘Palmdale Vision Award’ in USA

क्या मरहूम हाशिम अंसारी के बेटे इक़बाल इस जंग की रिवायत को बरक़रार रख पाएंगे?

Akbaruddin Owaisi attack case: “I did not register the murder report”-Inspector of Police

Four months after Faisal’s murder, Kodinhi residents continue fight for justice, support his family

देवबंद में भाजपा की जीत, क्या है सचाई?

राहुल-अखिलेश, मोदी मुसलमानों को साध रहे थे, तब कैसी थी मायावती की रैली

क्या मुसलमान सैय्यद शहाबुद्दीन के सपनों को आगे बढ़ा सकते हैं?

2016-12-29 19:53:03

How loopholes in Right to Education deny children the Right to Education

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 has communicated and executed free and compulsory education for children between 6-14 years of age, but the question before the government and the concerned bodies is: how is the performance of the Act on the ground? 

There is little doubt regarding the positive intents of this Act: it aims to create a more literate future generation, especially among underprivileged sections of the society. But it seems that the Act, instead of promoting education, is actually denying them the same right. But how? Allow me to explain. 

Herbert Kaufman has rightly said about red tape, that “when people rail against red tape, they mean that they are subjected to too many constraints, that many of the constraints seem pointless, and that agency seem to take forever to act.” This Act can be seen in a similar light. 

This act has created many constraints regarding the restriction of children in accessing education. One among them is the age restriction: free and compulsory education is restricted only between 6 and 14 years of age, and is also allotted age-wise. Regarding the age factor, many scholars have pointed out that the denial of free education before 6 years of age as well as after 14 years of age, while only a few activist and scholars have raised the issue of the age wise class allocation. This provision has raised the question of quality education and created a loophole to deny the educational right by using tactics the age factor. 

What often happens, is that the official in charge of admission in primary school asks the parent of a child to take admission in upper primary school, even if he/she wants to take admission at a primary level. Let me give you an example: recently, I went to enroll one student, who had dropped out earlier, in the Noor Nagar (Delhi) primary school, but the child was denied admission because his age was 14 years according their admission file. The school teacher not only denied admission on the basis of age under the half-cooked rule of Right to Education Act, another teacher made it clear that “there is no way for the child to get admission in any school and only the one way to finish his Class 10, is now through admission in an open school”. A child for whom we were seeking admission at a primary level, now has to study till Class 10 through an open school. Why? Because the Act, which seeks to empower these very children, says so. 

The irrationality however, did not end here: the teacher pretty much killed the dream of the child’s mother by asking for Rs 6,000 to ‘help’ the child in getting admission in open school. This, during demonetisation. Not that the parents have that much money to pay a bribe anyway, but you can imagine the reaction of the helpless mother. The parents belong to Noor Nagar pahadi slum community, most of whom migrated form Uttar Pradesh. 

The same child was denied admission when we tried to enroll him in Sarvoday Bal Vidyalay, Noor Nagar on the ground that the date of admission has passed. When we met the principle of the school, he used abusive words and asked us to leave the room. I emailed a complaint letter regarding the incident to the Deputy Director of Education, South Delhi but no action has been taken. 

As someone who has been working with ABC Campaign since 2012 in an attempt to help children join school and having enrolled around 25 children from the slum community in and around Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, it is clear to me that a huge number of children are denied admission on some or the other illogical reason. 

The most heart-wrenching case was that of a child who was denied admission by many schools in Trilokpuri area only because she had undergone an open-heart surgery and no school wanted to take the risk of giving her admission. However, she now attends the Learning Centre at the ABC Campaign and Foundation for Equal Citizenship, a collaborative centre. 

All these incidents show that the concerned bodies and staff in the field of education are using age as a tool to avoid the burden of admitting children. In a more humane world, this would have concerned a lot more people and make them take actions that would address the issue.

I reiterate that the Act is immensely powerful and one of the most important additions to the Fundamental Right, but it is dented majorly by such loopholes. 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.” 

The author is currently enrolled in M. Phil at the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU

Categories:   Features ، From India ،
From other agencies (RSS Reader)

The second coming

- indianexpress

Govt suspends three BDOs in Assam


Pro-women, pro-poor

- indianexpress

Tyranny of the gourd family

- business-standard

Schools for scandal

- business-standard

Urban naxals or patriots?

- business-standard