—Under Right to Education Act (RTE), the
government provides Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidayalyas
(KGBV) which are residential schools in educationally
backward blocks at upper primary level for girls belonging
predominantly to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes,
Other Backward Class and minority communities. According to
the MHRD (2011), KGBVs are set up in educationally
backward blocks, where the female rural literacy is below the
national average (i.e. below 46.13% as per Census 2001) and
gender gap in literacy is above the national average of 21.67%.
This paper explores the conditions of KGBVs, the impact of
RTE on girl enrolment and retention. The author explores the
challenges and opportunities faced by girls, hindrances in their
education and the impact of RTE in providing access of
education to them. Overall, the paper explores the dimensions
of gender, equity and quality under RTE and suggests measures
to be taken up at policy level itself.
—Equity, girl education, literacy, RTE, rights.
Sonal Mobar is with the Center for Equity and Social Development,
National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
500030, India (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Sonal Mobar, " Impact of RTE Act on Girl Child Education," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 10, pp. 903-906, 2015.