Education in India is under immense stress. The country has a burgeoning population, a vast number of whom are at school going age, and yet it continues to struggle to provide optimum education for them.
To resolve some of these issues, the Right to Free and Fair Education Act or the RTE was created by the UPA-II Government. Unfortunately, what should have fixed education, ended up creating more problems for the sector.
With heavy government interference in the sector, private players are dissuaded from aiding the flailing government in the task of educating India’s children.
On 12 October 2017, schools across India observed a “black day” to highlight financial losses incurred by the schools as a result of specific clauses in the RTE.
To discuss the RTE, education in India, and more; Swarajya sat down with Amit Chandra, Associate Director of Policy Advisory and Head of Advocacy at the Centre for Civil Society, a leading think tank working in the field of education.