The Empty Promise of Primary Education in India

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In this very month, four years ago, the Right to Education Act was passed. Its intentions, like so much else in our 66-year history, are noble, well-meaning, high minded. The government has also put its money where its ideals are.

As a society, we now acknowledge that every child between the ages of six and 14 has the right to a “free and compulsory education”. But what sort of education are we providing?

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