The RTE Act: Missing the deadline

13 April 2015
What went wrong?

CPR faculty analysed the reasons behind the failure to implement the Act in a series of articles and reports.

  • The State of the Nation report co-authored by CPR’s Accountability Initiative reviewed one of the key clauses of the RTE Act, which made it mandatory for private schools to reserve 25% of seats for children from economically weaker sections.
  • In an op-ed for the PioneerAmbrish Dongre suggested methods for streamlining reimbursements by state governments to ensure that this provision was met by private schools.
  • Kiran Bhatty, in an incisive article in Governance Now, pointed out that a complete lack of understanding of education within the ‘rights framework’ has meant that no district in the country shows compliance with RTE norms.
  • The Sarva Shiskha Abhiyan budget brief produced by the Accountability Initiative tracked budgetary allocations by the government for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the primary vehicle for implementing RTE, and how this has been steadily reducing over the years.  
The euphoria following the Right to Education (RTE) Act, implemented in 2009 to guarantee free education for children between 6 and 14, was replaced by despondency as the deadline for full compliance lapsed on 31 March with little achieved.

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.