Awareness creation and effective implementation of RTE 25% reservation in private schools in Delhi

The Opportunity

In 2009, Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act mandated that private unaided schools must reserve 25% of seats for students from economically weaker sections (EWS), the cost of which will be reimbursed by the government. This mandate has the potential to address growing economic stratification in schools and give greater choice to millions of disadvantaged families. Yet research suggests that implementation of Section 12(1)(c) has faced challenges due to low levels of awareness, opposition from schools, and apathy from state governments.

The Model

INDUS ACTION seeks to mobilise public resources and empower communities to resolve India’s deep-rooted issues in areas such as education. Project Eklavya is a model the organization has developed to bolster effective implementation of Section 12(1)(c).  The project promotes awareness about the scheme among EWS parents and implements processes to facilitate admission and enable social integration in schools. Based on Project Eklavya’s work, INDUS ACTION launched a report that focused on the need to ensure social inclusion of children from low-income families in schools through effective implementation of the 25% reservation.

Central Square Foundation (CSF) supported INDUS ACTION to develop research reports on the implementation of Section 12(1)(c) in Delhi schools and the need for social inclusion in private schools. CSF also provided INDUS ACTION with resource generation and operational guidance support.

Systemic Impact

Through Project Eklavya, INDUS ACTION aims to shape and influence the positive narrative of Section 12(1)(c) and develop a template for an effective implementation process that can be replicated across India. This provision will eventually create over 10 million seats for low-income children at private schools.