Right to Education Comes into Force; PM Urges Parents, Teachers to Contribute

As Right to Education has formally come into effect as a fundamental right today and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked all stakeholders to make it a success by empowering people through education, reported IANS.

“Today our government comes before you to pledge all our children elementary education. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act enacted by parliament in August, 2009 comes into force today (Thursday),” the prime minister was quoted as saying in his early morning address to the nation delivered both in Hindi and English.

“The fundamental right to education as incorporated in our constitution through Article 21 (A) has also become operative from today.

“This demonstrates our national commitment to the education of our children and to the future of India. We are a nation of young people. Education will determine the well being of our nation. Education is the key to progress. It empowers the individuals. If we nurture our children through right to education then India’s future is secured,” he was quoted as saying.

“We are committed that all children irrespective of gender and social category have access to education. Education enables them to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to become responsible citizens of India,” the prime minister quoted as saying.

He asked all the state governments to make this initiative a success, besides appealing to teachers and parents to be partners in this attempt.

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