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Nitin Desai: Right to principals

Empower school principals to truly deliver education to India

The Right to Education (RTE) law, and the subsequent Supreme Court judgment, has focused attention on the future of school education in India. The judgment on the provision that requires private schools to offer 25 per cent of their seats to economically weaker sections opens new opportunities for the poor, and that is welcome. But in our fiercely hierarchical society, class-conscious private schools may be pressured by intolerant parents to segregate these poor students — and that has to be prevented at all costs. India’s school education system needs much more than this ...