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India's Rights RevolutionHas It Worked for the Poor?$
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S.K. Das

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198081661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081661.001.0001

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Right to Education Act, 2009

Right to Education Act, 2009

(p.248) Chapter 5 Right to Education Act, 2009
India's Rights Revolution

S.K. Das

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a review of the important events that led to the enactment of the Act, including the constraints in realizing the universalization of elementary education, the large number of students left outside the school system, judicial pronouncements by the Supreme Court of India, and the amendments made to the Indian Constitution. It provides a critical assessment of the adequacy of the law with reference to definition of child; disadvantaged groups; neighbourhood schools; norms and standards for a school; curriculum and completion of elementary education; duties of appropriate government, local authority and parents; responsibility of schools and teachers; management of the affairs of the school through School Management Committees; and protection of rights of children. It also analyses the constraints, which have held up the implementation of the Act.

Keywords:   appropriate government, local authority, school management committee, definition of child, disadvantaged groups, neighbourhood schools, norms and standards, protection of rights

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