Agartala, January 31, 2023: A one-day camp on Children’s Right to Education was organized at Algapur Higher Secondary School in Dharmanagar on Tuesday.
In this camp, advocate Debahuti Goswami, advocate Ankana Chowdhury and PLV Sapna Chakraborty were present as resource persons. The school teacher presided over the camp. Children’s Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 was discussed by the advocates.
The Government of India enacted this Act in 2009 to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 6 and 14 years. The Constitution of India and Article 1 of the Constitution provide that the State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 6 and 14 years as determined by the State Legislature.
According to this act, every child above the age of 6 to 14 shall have the right to free and compulsory education in neighboring schools till the completion of primary education. No child shall have to pay any fees or expenses which may prevent him from completing primary education.
Moreover, the Act prescribes the responsibilities of local authorities of competent governments and parents which include providing free compulsory education to every child. Moreover, this Act requires that every child resident within each local authority keep a record of their enrollment, attendance and primary education at school.
Section IV of the Act deals with the protection of children’s rights at the national level and the additional responsibility of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the states to ensure that children’s right to education is properly exercised and to ensure the implementation of the right in this regard.