Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD Minister Smriti Irani, seeking free education until Class XII across the country in order to implement the Right to Education (RTE) in the true sense. Nathwani’s letter specifies “dropouts” in rural areas where financial problems and difficulties in getting to school, such as wading through water, force them to opt out.
The letter that was also sent to Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel states that for students in “remote countryside with meager infrastructure and resources, completing school education up to Class XII is also a difficult dream.” Nathwani says that although education is free up to Class VIII in schools, “students in the rural areas have to wade through waist-high river waters, walk up to several kilometers in rough terrains etc to go to school.”
He also mentions the unavailability of curriculum books and mistakes in printing among the troubles faced by students. “Difficulties like this and financial problems compel them to abandon study halfway. Minimum education of Class XII is a breakthrough which provides even a poor student some standing in society,” he states.
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