In a sane world, Rights are known to be limitations on the government. The Rights of the citizens define what government can not do to them.
But now the Leftists have come up with a phony concept of Rights which define what a government must do for a citizen. And these include almost everything- free care at the time of birth, free education, guaranteed job, free food, free housing, free medical care, pension for everybody.
That is all a human being needs to do is get born on the planet called Earth, and beyond that he doesn’t have to raise a finger. Everything will come to him for free.
Of course any adult human being will immediately understand that all these rights are fraud. Government has no money of its own. All these so called “positive rights” cost money. So government must tax the citizens who earn to provide free stuff to those who do not. Therefore these Rights are basically a claim of a citizen on the private property of his fellow citizens. A society that allows this legal loot of property of one section of citizens by another section, is bound to perish, as any society that legalizes the loot has to perish. Society can not run on crime.
The Right to Education act is also one such act enacted by the NGO government that ruled the country from 2004 to 2014.
This act was never required. Every Indian citizen was already free to get education the way he wanted. But this wholly unconstitutional act was enacted, and was even allowed to stand by the Courts.
Act will not be discussed here in detail today. That will come later.
But what one of its provisions has done to our already dismal educational standards is that now children are declared VIII pass without actually having passed any classes till then. This cheating of children, of the parents, and of the society is legally permitted. So no teacher now teaches, as children will pass anyway, and no child tries to learn anything, because he is VIII passed, by the virtue of being born in India.
And so this report in the Indian Express of today:
State of education: Half of Class V can’t read Class II text
Despite various government initiatives and near-universal enrolment in the age group 6-14, basic learning achievements in reading and maths remain low and dismal, according to the tenth Annual Status of Education Report (ASER).
ASER 2014, released Tuesday, has found that the proportion of children enrolled in private schools has gone up as compared to last year, and that there has been an improvement in school facilities and compliance with the Right to Education Act.
According to the survey, basic reading levels remain “disheartening” with only a fourth of all Class III children able to read Class II text fluently, and under half in Class V able to do so. In fact, 25 per cent of Class VIII children could not read Class II level text. The improvement in reading levels in the last few years has, at best, been marginal. In 2014, 48.1 per cent of Class V children could read Class II level text, up from 47 per cent in 2013 and 46.8 per cent in 2012. Again, 40.2 per cent children in Class II were found able to read Class I text, after 38.7 per cent in 2012.
While reading levels remained largely unchanged in most states, some such as Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra show a decline in the last five or six years. The all-India rural figures for basic arithmetic have remained largely unchanged on most parameters over the last few years. In 2014, only 25.3 per cent of Class III children could do two-digit subtraction, down from 26.3 per cent in 2012. For Class V children, the ability to divide has increased slightly. The percentage of children in Class II who cannot recognise numbers up to 9 has increased, from 11.3 in 2009 to 19.5.