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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Wrong To Education, Introduction.

This is to introduce a series of posts analysing the RTE Act. As you can guess from the title, I'm not a fan.

Ever since Meeta Sengupta (& Sarayu Natarajan) introduced us to the current impact of the RTE, I've been trying to read about the Act, its measures, the history of its formulation & so on. And the more I read, the more I realise they were being very kind to the Act, and to our GCPP batch at that session, by not engaging us in any comprehensive evaluation.

I think I've read enough now to have no reason to be as kind: RTE is a hoax. It's an eyewash. Worse, it's evidently counterproductive. The provisions are ludicrous, the drafting ill-thought out. I've been looking at only the legal evolution of the Right to Education, & there's enough on just the legal front to be baffled with.

Here's how RTE scene looks to me now:
1. It creates an infrastructure-oriented licensing scheme.
2. The Act does not flow from the Right.

3. The 2012 Supreme Court judgment in Society for Un-aided Private Schools (Rajasthan) vs. Union of India & Anr. is both legally & practically untenable.
4. It is NOT targeted specifically at those who cannot afford education.

And, on a related note
5. NOBODY in any Newspaper or on TV seems to have reported a word on this. Not. One. Word. of criticism.

Watch this space.
(Part 1:
(Part 2:

(Part 3, which is longer than the average, but split into logical & legal analysis: )
(Part 4: 


  1. Eagerly waiting for your series! The introduction to the series looks extremely to the point and interests me. Looking forward to further posts.

  2. srishti sharma02/08/2012, 23:53


  3. Hello Ameya, this is a very sharp analysis of the Act. I recommend you also share this as one comprehensive write up to which has a huge readership. Atleast this would help take the debate further.

    1. Shalini, I'm flattered you think this is at kafila standard! I'm not sure about their rules on cross-posting, but perhaps a slightly more comprehensive (but still single page) analysis would be better suited for there.