Changes recommended to no-detention policy: Highlights

In what comes as the latest news in regards to “No Detention Policy” is that the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) subcommittee 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.

As per the no-detention policy in Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, “No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education”. In the 59th meeting of CABE, a sub committee was formed for assessing the implementation of CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) in context to the no detention policy.

The subcommittee had submitted its report on 19 August 2015 and all States/ Union Territories were asked for their opinion on the policy. While 28 States gave their views, 23 of them voiced for changes. The matter regarding amendment to Section 16 of the RTE Act, 2009 is under the active consideration of this Ministry.

The major highlights of the feedback include:

There should be an examination till Class 5. However, the sole decision to conduct this exam at school, block, district or state level has been left in the hands of the State and the UTs.

If in case the child fails, he/she should be given an opportunity to improve. There should be additional instruction provided to children and the child should be given an opportunity to sit for another exam. If the child is unable to pass the exam in the second chance, then you are free to detain the child.

For classes 6 and 7, a school based examination shall be conducted. On the other hand, an internal exam should be held for the students of Class 8 In case the child fails, the child should be given additional instruction and then appear for an improvement exam. If fails again, then detain.


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