Right to Education Act (RTE)

Concept: Right to Education Act (RTE)
Topic: Governance
Category: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors
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Right to Education Act (RTE)

Right to Education Act (RTE), more completely called the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act was passed by the Indian Parliament on 4th August 2009. With its passing, India became one among 135 countries that have made education a fundamental right for every child. The act provides the modalities of providing free and compulsory education to every child in the country between the ages of 6 and 14, which is provided in Article 21A of the Constitution of India.

The act provides for the provision of free and compulsory education until elementary education is completed in a neighbourhood school. Under the provisions of this act, it is the obligation of the government to make sure that each child in the age bracket 6 to 14 years gets elementary education free of cost including compulsory admission, attendance and completion of elementary education.