RTE Resource Centre IIM – Ahmedabad

RTE Resource Centre IIM – Ahmedabad

Research on implementation of Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act across Indian states

The Opportunity

Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act (RTE) has the potential to increase educational opportunity for roughly 16 million children across India over the next eight years, making it one of the single largest opportunity schemes in the world. With the responsibility of implementation in the hands of state governments, there has been wide variation in how the provision has been been put into effect across states. Other critical elements for its successful implementation include building awareness, tracking children admitted under the provision and making schools more inclusive, all which need further research and analysis.

The Model

Central Square Foundation, along with researchers from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Accountability Initiative and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, launched a project to explore Section 12(1)(c)’s implementation in India. As part of this project, CSF provided a grant to IIM Ahmedabad to lead research toward the publication of the “State of the Nation Report: Section 12(1)(c)”. The report compiled and analysed state rules and notifications and data trends. It also presented legal obstacles, financial issues and other implementation challenges along with success stories from selected states.

In addition to the “State of the Nation Report”, the RTE Resource Centre IIM Ahmedabad also seeks to understand the efficacy of different communication campaigns, implement a robust child-tracking system for admitted children, and research socially inclusive practices and data systems for Section 12(1)(c).

Potential for Systemic Impact

These projects aim to analyse trends in RTE implementation across states, identifying innovations that can potentially have a systemic impact. The objective is to serve as a knowledge centre for researchers, policy makers and state governments with a stake in the effective implementation of Section 12(1)(c). We have shared research findings and ideas with the governments of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Going forward we plan to share state specific recommendations to key decision makers and interested organisations at the state level.