Annals of Educational Research and Reviews

Right to instruction of Scheduled Tribe: An Indian point of view


M.A Chowdhury

Education seeks to unfold the latent qualities of a person, thereby giving full development to the
individual. As such, it has been described as the act or art of developing, or creating, cultivating the
various physical intellectual, aesthetic and moral faculties of the individual. Scheduled Tribe has a
history of social and economic deprivation, and the underlying causes of their educational
marginalization are also strikingly distinct. About 87 percent of the main workers from these
communities were engaged in primary sector activities. The literacy rate of Scheduled Tribes is around
47 percent, as against the national average of 74.04 percent. More than three-quarters of Scheduled
Tribes women are non-literate. Not surprisingly, the cumulative effect has been that the proportion of
Scheduled Tribes below the poverty line is substantially higher than the national average. The study
intends to explore the state of education and the awareness of the disadvantaged groups towards right
to education as a fundamental human right with special reference to Right to Education Act,2010.


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