"Education as a right requires an inclusive framework covering all eligible children between the ages of six and fourteen. The introduction of a quota for economically and socially disadvantaged children in schools as a policy measure is a step towards attaining this goal. However, it is the implementation and the outcomes which are of interest. Studying them presents an entirely different pictureâ€”almost a decade has passed since the central government made education a matter of right that has to be provided to every child, but not much has been achieved in terms of making education accessible. Given the mushrooming of private schools, it seems that the State has almost given up on public schools and the onus lies on private players to provide for education. Although a 25 per cent quota for children belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) has been fixed in private schools that do not receive any aid from the government, ensuring compliance by private schools has provedÂ to be difficult. Out of the 3 lakh private schools in India, only 91 thousand have implemented the quota provided under the Act (CPR, 2015). The poor implementation of the provision, therefore, leaves one asking two questionsâ€”a. Is it possible to ac
The Right to Education Act, 2009 was implemented in the light that education is an entitlement and not an act of charity. The Act includes the provision of a quota for disadvantaged sections in private, unaided schools. However, a near-decade later no meaningful progress has been achieved.