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The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education bill was passed by the Indian Parliament. Termed as ‘landmark’ by many, this bill promises free and compulsory education to children between 6 and 14 years old in a neighbourhood school. This will also be the first time in India that disabled children will be integrated with the school system.

In “India Shining and Bharat Drowning,” Jishnu Das and Tristan Zajonc of Harvard University surveyed 6,000 students from schools in two states — Orissa and Rajasthan. After nine years of education 30 percent to 40 percent of enrolled children were unable to pass an international benchmark defining basic mathematical knowledge, they found. Either state came second only to South Africa in terms of education disparity when ranked alongside 51 nations previously assessed for a global study.

It is a step in the right direction. Now that we have a bill, it is the implementation phase that will be challenging. Inspite of the numerous laws and bills in our country, nearly 12 million children work as child labourers. Millions do not attend school due to poverty. I will read more about the bill and post my comments. Read more at http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601091&sid=a8eOEHFr8m7Y

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