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Right to Education Act

Right to Education Act

Right to Education

The Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 inserted Article 21-A in the Constitution of India to provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years as a Fundamental Right in such a manner as the State may, by law, determine.

What the act says

Elementary education is compulsory and free.


Every school must have clean and separate toilets for boys and girls.


Schools must provide free drinking water.


Standard Teacher to Pupil ratios in the classroom.


Children to get admission to a class as per their age and assistance provided in their curriculum if they are lag behind.


Teachers’ qualification is stipulated.


Admissions for children is guaranteed.


Stringent laws are stipulated to ensure that children are not siscriminated or harassed in schools.


Children cannot be held back or expelled without parental consent.


Private schools shall mandate 25% of the students in every class to disadvantaged members of society.

Process under the act

Check the schools in neighborhood. Maximum 5 schools can be applied under RTE act.


You can appeal to a private school on your behalf or government may designate a school near your residence in case you fail to get admission.


Log on to a government portal, fill the form online, take a print out and submit the form with relevant document to the school authorities.


Admission to government school is guaranteed. However private schools shall accept it upto 25 percent.


Books and uniform are part of the process and you get it free.

Documents required under RTE

Parents & children identity …


Adhar Card


Pan Card


Ration Card


Birth Certificate


Income Certificate from Revenue Department


Caste Certificate Certificate of disability if any


Death Certificates of parents in case the child is orphan


In case of a street child or a child of a migrant worker, an affidavit must be produced that is issued from the Labor Department, Department of Education, and Department of Women & Child Development


Photo graphs of the child