The RTE Act mandates schools to provide free education to 25% of students from economically weaker sections between 6 to 14 years of age. On an Interview Sibal said “I do not think that will happen. I think there would be ways and means to raise resources”. He also assured that government will take care to ensure education to students coming from the margins of society after Class VIII when the provision of the Act comes to an end.
When asked about, Who will pay the tab for the 25% reservation, Sibal said, under the RTE act, schools which have not taken any benefit from the government will be compensated by the government. “We have made the calculation”, he further added.
Despite, he also agreed that this was not sufficient and said that during the 12th five year plan, the government will provide school uniform and textbooks to students. Sibal also said that, the schools can rise resources from their funds if they have surplus resources and they can also tap the funds provided by corporates through their corporate social responsibility obligation.