Supreme court upholds the RTE Act
Inclusive education is an option for the poor.
The conference of religious of India welcomes the stand of the Supreme Court on the side of the poor in this country as a grace of God.
In an affirmative judgment the highest court of the land has upheld the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, against the demand of educational agencies who saw it as an infringement of their right to conduct schools of their choice.
It compels us to learn to integrate the poor of our country in all aspects of growth and public welfare.
Education of the poor is no more a charitable activity but providing rights of children by the public and private providers.
The Act and the affirmation of the court throws up new challenges to the religious of India in a big way and we should be prepared to face them with courage and confidence.
The Act provides for 25% quota for poor students in all boards of schools. The tendency to run schools for generating income or only to serve the haves gets a beating.
The spirit of social and economic integration is a big challenge for our society.
We hope to see new leaders emerging in this thrust for an inclusive growth towards a developed India where all Indians will have equality of opportunities.