Rajya Sabha okays landmark education Bill



The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008, which is the enabling legislation to notify the 86th Constitutional Amendment passed in December 2002, was approved in RS by voice vote.

The bill is likely to be moved in Lok Sabha next week and would be passed in the ongoing session.  Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said once the bill becomes a law it would be legally enforceable duty of the Centre and the states to provide free and compulsory education. The Left MPs including Brinda Karat (CPM) and D Raja (CPI) sought to clarify a clause providing 25 per cent reservation of seats in private schools for children from weaker sections in neighbourhood as the term could be misinterpreted by different authorities.

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