The honorable Supreme Court of India has upheld the Govt of India stand on Right to Education (RTE) Act. As per this Act, all private schools will have to reserve 25% of seats for children belonging to economically weaker and socially backward classes. While the Act promises to do the moral duty of educating every child, I believe that there can be some other aspects to think about.
- Who is going to bear the cost of providing free education to children belonging to economically weaker sections. While Govt will reimburse some amount but that may not cover the entire amount. With all fairness to schools and their objectives, I don’t expect them to take the complete bill. Ultimately, it would lead to increase of fees for other folks. An honest tax payer like me, after paying his due taxes (personal, service, etc.) would have to foot the bill of a policy which Govt should have financed.
- No exams till 8th standard. At the onset it may be a good idea to reduce stress on children, but children should have some feel of facing tests and exams. Immediately, after class VIII they would have to face this pressure and it can backfire also.
- Already in big cities like Delhi there is a paucity of good schools. For the top notch schools, applications are received many times the number of seats. Now with 25% reservation, these seats would further shrink. I don’t understand what will happen to children from typical middle class.
Looks like the Govt is running away from its responsibilities and wants to burden the common man further. I fear that RTE may not go the NREGA way, where the Govt may not be able to roll it back even if it realizes its folly later on.
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