Heaving recognised the importance of education for its citizens, the Constitution-makers have laid down in the Directive Principals of State Policy that the State should, within the limit of its economic capacity and development, make effective provision among other things to provide education to the people.
Free school education
The government is, therefore, morally bound to make arrangement for free school education for the people.
Since school education of all our children is bound to bring indivisible benefits to the society as a whole, government should provide funds from any possible source to fince the educatiol programmes for all children.
In partial implementation of this right to free education, the Constitution makers have also provided in the Fundamental rights that no child below the age of fourteen year should be employed to work in any factory or mine, or engaged in any other hazardous employment. This clause has been included in the constitution to ensure that children under 14 years should be ebled to enjoy the pleasures and privileges of childhood.
But, this provision in itself will not take us very far unless a child is also given the benefit of free education up to the age of 14 year or more.
Satish Kumar Sarma,
Kalyanpur, Biswath Chariali.