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RTE has put more children in school, says Unicef

RTE has put more children in school, says Unicef

India Today Online  New Delhi, April 12, 2013 | UPDATED 18:40 IST
The implementation of Right to Education Act (RTE) has ensured that education budget in most of the states is doubled. 99 per cent of India's rural population now has a primary school within a one-km radius, said a Unicef India representative on Thursday.

As many as 11 million more children are now enrolled in schools, Louis-George Arsenault, Unicef India representative said, adding that eight million Indian children still remain out of school.

Arsenault was interacting with media persons on three years of the Right to Education Act. He said 80 million children still drop out of school before completing the full cycle of elementary education.

It may be notyed that March 31, 2013, was the deadline for meeting most of the targets set by the RTE.

The RTE guarantees every child the fundamental right to eight years of quality education, so that he or she acquires basic literacy and numeracy, and enjoys learning without fear.

With Agency Inputs

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