Saturday, July 29, 2006

Right or privilege?

Is primary education a right or a privilege?
The Central government has decided to dump the Right to Education Bill and it will not be tabled in the Parliament. The Bill aimed to make education compulsary for children aged 6-14.

On one hand the government is going ahead with the proposed 27% reservations and is committed to investment in higher education to increase seats, faculty, infrastructure etc. and on the other hand citing lack of funds is washing it's hands off primary education! Furhter, with the booming business of education, private institutes have no incentive to accomodate the poor, making it a privilege for the ones who have/can obtain the required money.

A related post on How the Other Half Lives.

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