By Zahra Motorwala.
A Childs mind is like an empty slate on which you can write whatever you want and that will show. Children are very vulnerable and behave in the way they are taught. They react to the things happening around them and thus intake every little thing that catches their attention. Even in psychology we learn that children often behave in the way, they see people behave in and around their environment. thus education is important for every child but unfortunately in our country this does not happen.
The right to education act that was passed on 4th august 2009, in the parliament is one such act which gives every child above the age of 6 and below the age of 14 years the right to be educated. This education has been made mandatory for all children in India below the age of 14. ‘It is their right according to the 86th amendment act’ added article 21A. The government schools will provide free education to all and private schools will have to keep 25% seats reserved for the underprivileged children and give them free education.
The act came into force on 1st April 2010 and became a fundamental right of a child.
The right to education act is an attempt by the government to help educate the future of this country and have a better and more aspiring tomorrow.
Basic education is essential for every human being. The survival of a person becomes easier in the outside world if he has the basic knowledge and education through which he can become a confident and self-sustained person.
With education comes, awareness of the world around us. We learn of new things, make new discoveries and study about our history art and culture. It gives us a general sense of the world around as different parts of the same whole.
Thus providing every child with the right to basic education is like changing their future for the better. It can also help them get better jobs in the future. This act does not include children below the age of 6 years which is the most crucial learning period in a child’s life. a child in this stage has the most ability to learn and comprehend. That’s the reason infants learn their mother tongue easily. The act has been immensely criticized on the grounds of it neglecting younger children.
The government has also ignored the conditions and facilities provided to the children in different schools and different schooling atmospheres. A child would face a lot of competition from his peers if kept in a very high-profile school. This could affect on his self-esteem and make him feel inadequate and unsatisfied with his life. Such behavior would cause his parents a lot of trouble and difficulty in keeping their child happy. This act also states that children with disabilities will be educated in the same schools, making it difficult for the disabled students to cope with competition from his peers.
It is clear that this attempt by the government is a noble one to educate the underprivileged children in India, but this has been done at a cost of the self-esteem of the child under 25% reservation that private schools are entitled to.
I personally feel that this would do more good than bad. Because the only way we as a country can progress and break the stereotypes, our country is overflowing with is by imparting education to one and all. This act provides free education and there are many people in our country who are deprived of even one meal a day. Thus this act is a new ray of hope for all those children who have ever wished to go to school and be educated.