A STUDY ON LIFE AND DEATH

Food, shelter, livelihood and education, the most important aspects of a person‟s life, are provided in most rural areas through numerous „schemes‟ run by the central or State government. Food, for example, is distributed through the notoriously corrupt „Public Distribution System‟ – a network of „ration shops‟ which distribute subsidised grains and other essentials. Stock registers are poorly maintained and are not available for inspection by the public. Corrupt practices include the replacement of grains with poor quality stocks or even non-distribution on the pretext of „unavailability‟.  The fulfillment of the right to education can be assessed using the 4 as framework, which asserts that for education to be a meaningful  right it must be available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable. The 4 As framework was developed by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Katrina Tomasevski, but is not necessarily the standard used in every international human rights and hence not a generic guide to how the right to education is treated under national law.  The 4 As framework proposes that governments, as the prime duty-bearers, have to respect, protect and fulfill the right to education by making education available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable. The framework also places duties on other stakeholders in the education process: the child, which as the privileged subject of the right to education has the duty to comply with compulsory education requirements, the parents as the „first educators‟, and professional educators, namely teachers.

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