The Delhi High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Centre for not taking any decision regarding extension of free education under the RTE Act beyond class 8 for children belonging to disadvantaged and economically weaker sections. It also issued a notice to the Secretary of Department of School Education & Literacy under the HRD Ministry in a contempt petition seeking action against the officer for a “deliberate and intentional” disobedience of a judgment passed by the court in December 2019.
Justice Najmi Waziri asked “So you will look over the children’s rights for two years. What is the meaning of active consideration? A decision is a decision. Why does it take so long. You are looking at children’s future.”
In 2019, the Centre had said before a division bench that the issue of extension of free education even after attaining the age of 14 or beyond Class 8 and up to Class 12 is under its active consideration. The court in its order then had said that it expects that the decision regarding children of disadvantaged groups or economically weaker sections will be taken at the earliest.
No decision yet on extending RTE benefits
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