BlogWatch: India’s rich oppose right to education bill – DW World de News

Indian school children attend a class in the open at a government school in the outskirts of Jammu, India
In a controversial ruling oposed by some sections of society, the Supreme Court of India has made education free and compulsory for all children aged between 6 and 14.

On April 12, 2012, the Indian Supreme Court upheld the constitutional Right to Education (RTE) for all Indian citizens and made education free and compulsory for children.

But some sections of the Indian society, especially the elite groups, have opposed this ruling, saying they do not want their children to study with poor kids. They, in particular, are against a particular provision of the ruling which makes it mandatory for private schools to allocate 25 percent of seats to the underprivileged kids.

Indian society is bitterly divided into classes and castes. The ‘social snobs’ of India have not welcomed the apex court ruling.

But the Indian civil society has hailed the ruling.(…)

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