Owing to the criticism attracted by the ‘No Detention Policy (NDP)’, formulated as a part of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) under the RTE Act, the state government in Delhi has announced ‘Chunauti 2018‘ – a major school education reforms program in primary education sector, on June 29, 2016.
The education policy, termed by insiders as ‘significant paradigm shift’ in the State’s education policy, is in response to the Centre returning 14 bills enacted by Delhi Assembly over the course of the year 2015. These amendments targeted the sections of Right to Education Act, 2009.
Chunauti 2018 aims to address the specific lacunae in the NDP wherein every student is automatically promoted to the next class without being held back even if they do not get a passing grade. NDP, according to the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, has led to an unfortunate problem for the students of class IX, since they appear for exams for which they are wholly under-prepared. The learning level deficit causes a disproportionate number of failures in Class IX. While the learning level deficit is not uniquely a Class IX problem, it is these students who become victims of a poorly administered system.
He added that the new policy is aimed at building a ‘strong foundation’ among all students in reading, writing, arithmetic and bridging the gap between current learning levels and the academic demands of their class through ‘focused practice and learning through worksheets’.
He added that “the policy envisaged working on multiple levels to correct this problem, including students who have failed twice or more in Class IX being provided the option of appearing for Class X exams through the Modified Patrachar Scheme of Examinations (MPSE).”
The Deputy CM said that the MPSE was especially proposed to ensure retention of children and to minimise the possibility of drop-out.
The students will be taught by usual teachers and will be provided usual benefits like books, uniforms etc and will be allowed to participate in all regular cultural and sports activities.
The previous bills which were rejected by the central government, in their entirety, in 2015 envisaged for implementation of NDP only till class III and holding students back, in the absence of required academic proficiency.
The government has decided to regroup from Classes VI to IX, based on based on a ‘Base Line assessment’, to be conducted in the second week of July.