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UP Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar warns that parents who fail to send their wards to school will be jailed
The 'Divyangjan' Empowerment Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Om Prakash Rajbhar, while addressing a BJP gathering sternly warned that parents who failed to send their wards to schools will be locked up in police stations. A video of the event is being widely shared on social media.

He was of the view that stern steps were required against the parents unwilling to send their kids to schools, and added that he would even bat for capital punishment for this offence.

No doubt, India has Right to Education Act for free and compulsory education up to elementary school level. However, the schools have obligations to attract children by having providing quality education or provide alternative choices for being seeking fulfillment of rights adequately. The government has failed to provide requisite number of teachers to school mandated by the TRE Act. So, who's the culprit? Who should be jailed? Wonder many!

In India, even most government school teachers (over 80 per cent is good estimate) send their children to private schools and hardly any state official including education secretaries and district education officers send their children or grand children to government schools despite drawing hefty salaries from the state exchequer created by tax payers.

Many welfare nations have free-and-compulsory education up to senior secondary level linked to school vouchers. For example, in the US, the law mandates that 'every state requires children of a certain age to obtain a formal education, whether it's from public school, private school, home school, or another institution. Texas compulsory education laws require kids between the ages of six and eighteen (younger with a high school diploma) to attend school'.

The state has obligation to create special institutions for children expelled from schools or having a serious disability that makes school enrollment infeasible. Whatever, the choice, the school has the obligation to adjust itself so that students get 'taught in legitimate manner from curriculum designed to meet basic education goals'.

The schools are for children and penalties on parents are levied lawfully after giving a written warning if their child has a certain number of unexcused absences. Parents who fail to comply with the compulsory education laws may face criminal charges for misdemeanor, it schools prove that they did their utmost to accommodate the child.

The responsible and responsive educational leaders can fulfill the obligation of the extending children's rights of protection and quality education.

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