Project Eklavya- Making social inclusion possible within private unaided non-minority schools under Section 12(1)(c) of RTE

August 2014

Section 12(1)(c) within the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 ( RTE) mandates that 25 percent of entering class seats be opened up for children from weak and disadvantaged groups in all non-minority unaided private schools. This progressive policy has the potential to put roughly 1 crore children across India on a different life path in the next 5 years, making it the single largest opportunity seat scheme in the world. When we juxtapose this with data from UNICEF report which states that 8 crores Indian children, of the 20 crores enrolled, are likely to drop out of school before completing elementary education, it poses a grave concern. Research reveals that ingrained discrimination in schools can be a major factor for children dropping out. This report developed by INDUS ACTION, and supported by CSF assesses the current reality of Section 12(1)(c), the benefits of socially inclusive classrooms, case studies and recommendations to make social inclusion a reality in private schools.

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