The Supreme Court on Friday demised a petition seeking to monitor the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act. While hearing the plea, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that India is a huge country and the court can’t expect miracles to happen.
“We'll not monitor implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act. Don’t expect miracles to happen, India is a huge country. There are different priorities. Certainly, education is a priority, but we can’t interfere,” the Chief Justice said while dismissing the plea.
Earlier in 2015, the court had rejected a similar plea by an NGO, National Coalition for Education. The NGO had accused the central government of not implementing the RTE Act in its true spirit.
Rejecting the plea, a social justice bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit had said that it would be a herculean task to monitor the implementation of the RTE Act across the country, thus, not possible for the court to undertake it.
The Article 21-A of the Constitution provide free and compulsory education to all the children between the age group of six and fourteen as a fundamental right. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, ensure that every child has a right to full-time elementary education.