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Elementary education and its impact on health

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 16 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:141

Empowers women and improves the health of them and their children

  1. RK Bansal, Head of community medicine
  1. PS Medical College, Karamsad 388325, Gujarat, India

    Fifty years after independence India is about to enact the provision for compulsory primary education enshrined in its constitution. When it does it will not only be a step forward in human rights in India; it should have a large impact on health as well.

    Article 45of India's constitution requires the state to provide free compulsory education for children up to the age of 14 years within 10years of the start of our constitution.1 The national policy on education has similar sentiments. However, even after 50years of independence, compulsory elementary education eludes us. Recently the supreme court upheld the fundamental right to compulsory elementary education,2 and the government has therefore drawn up a bill to implement this right.

    According to the World Development Report …

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