The Right to Education (RTE) Act gets presidential assent in 2009 and is notified a law – “The Children’s Right to Free and Compulsory Education”. Six years have elapsed, but what’s the ground reality. Does every child receive free education, is every child compulsorily admitted to school? Is the child really learning or is it just a numbers game? Is education only the prerogative of those who can afford it? Is education becoming a commercial venture? Mr. Firoze Hirjikaka’s article questions the core ethos of school education.
Parents of kids in Mumbai who go to private schools – and they are rapidly constituting a majority – are up in arms against the frequent fee hikes they are subjected to; not to mention regular “voluntary” contributions towards building funds, school picnics and the like. The agitated group is now holding dharnas in front of the state Education Minister to do something about it. Continue reading →