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The Right to Education Bill, introduced in December in the Rajya Sabha, is perhaps the most significant. When India gained Independence in 1947, it formed what is known as the Directive Principles of State Policy, under Section 4 of the Constitution. The Directive Principles are guidelines to the central and state governments, in making laws to establish a just society. One of the Directive Principles state: “The State shall endeavour to provide, within a period of 10 years from the commencement of this Constitution, for free and compulsory education for all children until they complete the age of 14 years.” More than 60 years have passed since it was put on paper and almost six years since Parliament passed the 86th Constitutional Amendment. On 16 December, 2008, the Centre introduced the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill in the Rajya Sabha to make elementary education free and compulsory for children aged six to 14 years. The Bill is the first Directive Principle that is on the threshold of becoming an Act. Read more at http://www.tehelka.com/story_main41.asp?filename=cr170109school_of.asp

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