The State shall endeavour to provide, within a period of ten years from the commencement of this Constitution, for free and compulsory Education for all children until they complete the age of 14 years.
This article was a directive principle of state policy within India, effectively meaning that it was within a set of rules that were meant to be followed in spirit and the government could not be held to court if the actual letter was not followed. However, the enforcement of this directive principle became a matter of debate since this principle held obvious emotive and practical value, and was legally the only directive principle within the Indian constitution to have a time limit.
Following initiatives by the Supreme Court of India during the 1990s the 93rd amendment bill suggested three separate amendments to the Indian constitution.
The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of six to fourteen years in a such manner as the State may, by law, determine.
Provision for early childhood care and education to children below the age of six years: The State shall endeavour to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of sixteen years.
A parent or guardian shall provide opportunities for education to his child or, as the case may be, a award between the age of six to fourteen years.
The bill was passed unanimously in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament, on 28 November 2001.It was later passed by the upper house the Rajya Sabha on 14 May 2002After being signed by the President of India the Indian constitution was amended formally for the eighty sixth time and the bill
came into effect.Since then those between the age of 6–14 have a fundamental right to education.
The State shall promote, with special care, the education and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people, and in particular of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of social exploitation.
Other provisions for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes can be found in Articles 330, 332, 335, 338–342 to protect the respect and existence in respect of all the matters.
5th and the 6th Schedules of the Constitution also make special provisions for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to gain the educational status at par with others without any caste and creed.