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New govt. to decide on extension of RTE Act

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  1. The Central Government has told the Delhi high court that the extension of the Right to Education Act(RTE) to secondary education is a policy decision which could be decided only once the new government comes.
  2. The government response came on a PIL which had sought for extension of RTE for students from the economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups (DG) up to class 12 in private unaided schools.
  3. At present,the RTE Act allows students from the EWS and DG categories to avail facilities of free education till class 8.The plea had contended that after the completion of class 8 private schools either force students to leave or make them pay higher fee.
  4. Article 21A of the Constitution makes it obligatory on the State to provide free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 6 and 14 years.The Parliament enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education(RTE) Act in 2009 to give effect to it.
  5. Recently,the RTE act was amended by the Parliament.The amendment scrapped the no detention policy which had ensured that no student could be held back (or failed) in a class until the end of elementary education that is till Standard 8th.
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