RTE Rules

RTE Rules

Each state is required to devise its Rules in order to help operationalise and enforce the RTE Act.To facilitate implementation, these rules are meant to cover a number of areas including a listing of the duties of State Government and Local Authorities, the rights of children, the responsibilities of schools and teachers, the list of facilities required in every school and the compositions and functions of the School Management Committees.


To facilitate this process, the Central Government drafted a set of Model Rules in 2010 to provide the states a broad framework to frame their own rules. In addition, they have issued a series of notifications and guidelines to clarify the Act and improve its implementation. Between 2010-2012, all states have framed their own rules based to varying degrees on the Central Government Model Rules.

In October 2011, the Maharashtra State Government issued its Rules. In May 2012, the Maharashtra State Government issued a notification providing detailed rules regarding the reservation of 25 % of seats in schools for children belonging to disadvantageda groups and weaker sections. However, this notification did not specifically include the category of 'children with disability' as being considered within the category of 'disadvantaged children'. This lapse was rectified with the GR of March 2013, which specifically includes 'Child with disability; defined in section 3 and 4 of Amended Act, 2012.'

Maharashtra State RTE Act Rules

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Maharashtra RTE Act Rules on 25% Reservations

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Click here for the full text of the March 2013 notification including 'children with disability' in the definition of 'disadvantaged children':



State Rules

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Model Rules

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Central Government Rules applicable to all Union Territories Without Legislatures

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MHRD Guidelines

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Supreme Court 2012 Ruling and Text

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