Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL), a non-governmental organisation, has criticised the Right to Education Act for not covering children from the age of 0 to 6 and 14 to 18 and expressed their disappointment with the Government for not implementing a common schooling system.

Mathews Philip, Convenor of the Advocacy unit of CACL, told presspersons here on Thursday that the international definition of a child was a person from 0 to 18 and the Act did not cover all children.

“We demand a common schooling system to ensure quality,” he added.

Comparing the different systems and standards in schools, he said that such a difference in quality of education was improper.

“We call it a fundamental right, but when this right is infringed, where do we go?,” he questioned.

He criticised this ambiguity in the act and said the Government gave no guarantee to ensure quality education for the public.

He said the private schools had received exemptions in terms of tax and land.