The cost and financing of the right to education in India: Can we fill the financing gap?
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 32, Number 1 ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
India's Parliament passed the Right to Education Act in 2009, which entitles all children 6–14 years old to at least eight years of schooling. This paper examines the cost of achieving this right to education, and asks whether India can fill the financing gap that must be filled if the right is to be realized. The paper notes the very considerable increase in central and state government allocation implied by the Act, and finds that there will be difficulties in finding the resources, given the large fiscal deficit occasioned by the global economic crisis. However, the paper goes on to suggest a series of measures that can be taken so that the right to schooling is no more denied or delayed.
Mehrotra, S. The cost and financing of the right to education in India: Can we fill the financing gap?. International Journal of Educational Development, 32(1), 65-71. Elsevier Ltd.