Tripura Education Minister Mr Tapan Chakraborty said that majority of schools in north-eastern parts of India wanted to eradicate ‘no-detention policy’ atleast till class eight at the elementary school levels. There were also some talks that involved in bringing back class ten board exams. At the 63rd meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education held in New Delhi, the demand to withdraw no-detention policy was put forward.
According to Mr Chakraborty, this no-detention policy was not only opposed by the eight north eastern states but also by other states in India. He added that scarcity of trained teachers was the reason behind this difficult situation, though as per Right to Education Act, 2009, it was compulsory. In the CABE meeting held under the presence of Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, the issues were discussed.
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Mr Tapan Chakraborty said that various states’ opinions on no-detention policy would be submitted to the central government in written within 15 days. There were some talks regarding reduction in the weight of bags that students carry as it was considered to hamper the students’ physical and mental health.
In states such as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the weight reduction of students bag was done semester wise. There were some talks in the meeting regarding the need for a change in teaching procedure by some representatives. It was also brought to the notice that some students carried reference books along with them and that could be avoided so that weight be minimized.
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Minister added, Tripura and other states wanted to go on with Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation and the CCE based system should go on till class ten. Within the week, the views against no-detention policy would be sent to central government. CCE system is based on evaluating a student on all aspects covering student development. Minister further added that, Left Front government was in support of new education system that was started by National Democratic Alliance Government. All the stake holders would be involved and the new education policy would have consent from members belonging to gram panchayat levels to national levels. By September 2015, this process would be finished.
Universalization of education was considered as a priority by the Left front government as that would make the concept of Digital India, a reality. The CABE meeting consisted of senior officials belonging to state and central government in addition to the representatives and Education ministers of states and union territories.