Is the government short-changing the nation on right to education?
Not all is hunky-dory with the ‘right to education’ law that has come into force.
The law puts to work a constitutional amendment of 2002 that made education a fundamental right.
Fali Nariman, the famous jurist who argued the landmark ‘basic structure’ of the Constitution case, points out that the amendment took away more from the children than it gave to them.
Nariman says the Supreme Court in its various judgements clearly laid out the ‘right to education’ for every child till the age of 14.
However, the amendment and the Act enforcing it only covers children between 6 to 14 years of age.