Assessing the Impact of Right to Education Act
After six years of implementation of RTE Act, there is no denial that the Act has led to an improved net enrolment rate in primary education, increased awareness among the states to abide by the curriculum mandate under the Act, and significant improvement in the social infrastructure of schools. Yet, the Act was been less than successful in providing an adequate focus on quality in education.
‘Assessing the impact of Right to Education Act’ report, published by CII and KPMG in March 2016, is an attempt to take stock of the progress of the Act. The report analyses where we stand with respect to the implementation and impact of the RTE Act. The initial sections cover the impact of the Act in various states and its adoption stages. The paper also attempts to highlight the various challenges faced by stakeholders in implementing and realising the benefits of the RTE Act. The section on global best practices gives a glimpse of what is happening with respect to similar attempts across the world. The paper concludes with some pertinent recommendations for various stakeholders who shoulder the responsibility of the RTE Act implementation across states.