Wednesday, September 28, 2011
REALISING THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION
Article 21-A of the Constitution ordains the state to provide free and compulsory elementary education. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 is a step ahead in this direction.
The right guaranteed in the Act specifying amenities, teacher-pupil ratio and other qualitative provisions, is not a mere empty right to enrolment, but a substantive entitlement to meaningful, quality education.
Yet, government expenditure on education in our country is a pittance and the state of elementary education is in a mess, defeating the essence of this right. Further, the government’s discriminatory policy of huge disparities between governmental spending on central schools and other schools is violative of the Right to Equality.
Private schools on the other hand enjoy a free hand in extorting money from parents of school-children in most of the states.
All India Parents Association (AIPA) in association with Social Jurist, a civil rights Group led by legal activist Adv. Ashok Agarwal, has given a call to hold a PROTEST DHARNA on Sunday, 9th October, 2011 from 10 AM to 1 PM at RAJGHAT, NEW DELHI demanding:
(i)Upgradation of all government schools all over the country to the level of Central Schools;
(ii)Enactment of central law to regulate fees in unaided private schools.
We appeal to the conscience of everyone for participating in this protest and assuming an active role in the crucial, historic and morally compelling struggle for RIGHT TO EDUCATION.
Mr. Ashok Agarwal: firstname.lastname@example.org; Nisha: email@example.com