Eight years ago, an amendment to the Constitution made free and compulsory education to all children of 6-14 years of age a fundamental right.
However, it is yet to become operational.
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Independently, the government has been pushing ahead with programmes to fund its strategy for education for all, with particular focus on primary education. Within this, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has been the marquee programme, with the 2009 Union budget earmarking Rs13,100 crore—little less than one-third of the entire budget allocation for education for the fiscal.
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A review of SSA by the Accountability Initiative of the Centre for Policy Research shows that all is not well. This is the second in the series reviewing the Union government’s spending in four key sectors.
Graphics by Rahul Awasthi; Illustrations by Shyamal Banerjee/Mint