Parliament clears landmark Right to Education Bill

Parliament clears landmark Right to Education Bill

New Delhi: Children would get the fundamental right to free and compulsory education with the passage of a Bill, hailed as “historic", by Parliament on Tuesday.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008, seeks to provide education to children aged between 6 years and 14 years.

The Bill, one of the flagship programmes in the 100-day agenda of the United Progressive Alliance government, also earmarks 25% seats to weaker sections in private schools.

While the Rajya Sabha had okayed the Bill earlier, the Lok Sabha put its seal of approval on Tuesday, with human resource development minister Kapil Sibal describing it as “harbinger of a new era" for children to meet the challenges of the 21st century.