Revamping the RTE Implementation
The Right to Education Act of 2009 was thought of as a revolutionary step in ensuring accessibility and quality education to the children in India. After seven years of the Act, the implementation process offers a dismal sight with many children finding it difficult to have proper schooling, especially in rural and remote areas. More number of budget schools is shutting down, leaving the students in midway without education. This is because of certain provisions mentioned in the Act, which includes defined working hours, student teacher ratio, proper infrastructure etc.
Though there has been an improvement in the total enrollment, there is also a downfall in continuous education. The budget schools which charge meager amounts as fee are closing down midway, as they fail to meet the requirements. Government schools too are not doing fair in many areas with lack of properly trained teachers and other infrastructural facilities.
Many parents also are hesitant to send their kids to government schools for free. About this unconventional choice of rejecting the free service, the government cites the absence of rational decision making among the poor as the key reason.
Studies show that, nearly thousands of schools are closing down in certain states like Punjab and Haryana. North East too faces such a similar situation. And in case there are no government schools that are easily accessible, education stops there for the children.
In some other cases, the government schools also prove short of adequate facilities. And the government by asking the students to move to such schools is in fact pushing the children to lower schooling standards. Considering the demographic profile of the country and the advantages it can offer the country in the future, it is high time that the government should focus on rectifying these issues.