Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari has called on India to regard compulsory education as the priority for the country, saying the right to education is more important than the right to vote, according to the Indo-Asian NewsService on Sunday.
Ansari made the statement Saturday when conferring awards on 300 school teachers from across India on the occasion of Teachers' Day.
"It has taken us six decades to provide the right to every child in the six to 14 years age group to free and compulsory primary education in neighborhood schools. The Right to Education Act passed by the parliament last month is a historic step and probably more empowering, in terms of its impact, than the right to vote," Ansari was quoted as saying.
He also asked the country to take note of the identity crisis of teachers, as well as the question of inequity, segregation in providing education to school children.