Anil Sharma

Supreme Court Judgment on RTE act explained

hammerOn 12 April 2012, the Supreme Court of India delivered a Judgment upholding provisions of the “The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009” also called the Right to Education Act (RTE Act). Since the judgment is over 150 pages, I’ve made an attempt to provide the conclusions of the Judgment and relevant portions of the Indian Constitution and RTE Act together in one document.

I am not a lawyer and this is not a legal interpretation,  this document aims to simply and make it easy for School Principal’s and other members of the education community to understand the judgment and it’s implications. 

It is also likely that a review petition may be filed in the Supreme Court leading to changed in the Judgment, however, till that happens, the current judgment applies.

All the relevant documents related to the case are provided in the links below, please feel free to download:

  1. Conclusions of the Supreme Court Judgment and related portions of the Constitution and Act.
  2. The complete RTE Act – The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009
  3. The relevant portions of the Constitution of India referred to in the judgment and defining the fundamental right to education
  4. The complete copy of Supreme Court Judgment dated 12 April 2012.

You can also download a zip of all the these documents here.


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