12/3/2014

Right to Education - Good intentions paving the road to hell

Rights don’t transfer to good outcomes. My mother and aunt ran a school in Hyderabad for more than a decade at low prices - less than a dollar a month - and they helped provide literacy to hundreds of poor children. Was it the best school? Perhaps not. But the children would have been educated in no other way. 

From the BBC:

The law mandated education as a human right that should be free and compulsory for children from six to 14 years of age and ordered schools to have infrastructure like playgrounds and girls’ toilets. But now critics say the landmark legislation is hurting those it was made to help - by forcing private schools in slums and poor areas to shut because they lack the space and finances to change. Since the RTE deadline passed on 31 March 2013, several states have been ordering non-complying private schools to close, shifting most of the children to government schools. Officials in Punjab said they closed 1,170 schools, Haryana shut 713, while Tamil Nadu closed a little more than 400” and Andhra Pradesh not more than 400″.


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