On March 09, Ministry of Human Resource Development released a notification titled “Change in No-Detention Policy”. Advisory Board of Education (CABE) sub-committee that was formed under the Chairpersonship of Prof. Vasudev Devnani, Minister of Education, Government of Rajasthan has recommended major changes to the no detention policy that covers the elementary stage of schooling (Classes 1 to 8). This committee was formed last year to review the feedback received from States/UTs on the ‘No-Detention’ policy.
One of the point in key highlights included is that at Class 8, there should be an external exam. In case the child fails, the child should be given additional instruction and then appear for an improvement exam. If the child fails again then detain. The matter regarding amendment to Section 16 of the RTE Act, 2009 is under the active consideration of this Ministry.
This point clearly indicates that Board exams for Class 8 may make a comeback. With external exam they practically mean board exams. In case the child fails, the child should be given additional instruction and then appear for an improvement or re appear exam. If the child fails again then detain. This step has been taken after it was observed that the “No Detention Policy’ should be observed only till Class 5 (as per the notification) and the academic performance of the students which is declining with each passing day as no more the students are taking their exams seriously now as board exams have been made optional. However, at Classes 6 and 7, there will be a school based exam for students.
Few years back, the board exams for class 10 students of CBSE schools had also become optional under the right to education act. After the decision was taken, lots of parents and teachers protested against the same, raising concern on deteriorating learning outcomes among students. However, again the Class 10 Board exam for CBSE students has been mandate from the year 2018 onwards.