Can’t expect children to walk 3 km to attend school: SC
By Team Legistify / 2017-09-11

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Children cannot be expected to walk three or more kilometres to attend school, the Supreme Court has said.It said to make the right of education meaningful, efforts should be made to have upper primary schools in such a manner that no children have to walk such a distance only to attend schools.

The court was dealing with a matter in which permission granted to a school to upgrade itself was opposed by a nearby school in Kerala, which has the highest literacy rate in the country.A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta noted that students who have passed Class IV in a junior primary school based in Parappanangadi town, have to travel a distance of 3-4 or more kilometres to attend classes.

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“We cannot expect children in the age group of 10 to 14 years to walk 3 kilometres or more to attend school. The right of education up to the age of 14 years is now a fundamental right under article 21A of the Constitution and if this right is to be meaningful, then efforts must be made to open upper primary schools in such a manner that no child has to walk 3 kilometres or more only to attend school,” the bench said.The school was upgraded to the level of upper primary school and permitted to run from Class V to VIII also by the state government in June 2015.


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