The 64th Annual Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) was held in New Delhi today where HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and education ministers of the states were present. The CABE meeting was especially important as it comes at a time when the government is working on a New Education Policy. CABE is the highest advisory body in the country for education sector and comprises the Centre as well as states. It’s decisions are, however, recommendatory in nature.
In the daylong meeting held today, apart from Javadekar and Union ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Vijay Goel, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Upendra Kushwaha, Educations ministers from 21 states and representatives from all other states and UTs were present.
Agenda -1: No Detention Policy: In the meeting, it has been decided that no child will be failed till Class 5. Further the states will have the final say on whether they want to held back students beyond that. It has also been agreed that the Central Government may bring in suitable amendment which will give states the freedom to review the ‘No Detention Policy‘. This is so because many states have opposed this provision complaining that the level of learning has come down because of this provision.
All in all, in laymen terms, the Centre has empowered the states to take a call on whether they would like to implement or exclude the no-detention policy in schools, for which it would amend the current provisions of the Right to Education Act (RTE).
Earlier, sub-committees constituted by CABE had also recommended that the ‘No Detention’ provision should be reviewed. The HRD ministry may now take the matter related to reviewing of the No Detention Policy to the Cabinet.
Agenda -2: Leaning outcomes to be defined: Another key decision was that the learning outcomes would be defined and made a part of the RTE rules. It would be laid down that what level of learning a child studying in a particular class should have achieved.
Agenda -3: New Education Policy: On Sunday, Javadekar had said that the government is likely to implement the new education policy by next year. The new policy is in finalisation step and most recommendations have been received and added that there will be a daylong workshop with MPs on November 10 in order take inputs from them.
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia in the meeting recommended that the Central Government should rename the HRD Ministry as Education Ministry. He has also urged the Central government to increase the budget for education and proposed extension of the Right to Education (RTE) Act to children who do not fall in the six to 14 years age bracket.
It has also been suggested in the meeting that strict regulations should be restricted upon the teachers engaged in clerical work such as completion of family registers and survey for voter cards data, among other such things.
Agenda -4: Make Sports a compulsory subject: Batting for sports to be included in school curriculum. Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that sports should be made a compulsory subject at the school level. Physical education teachers should be engaged by every school. Standard guidelines should be framed and issued for admission under sports quota, relaxation to sportspersons from attendance and appearance in examinations.
Agenda -5: Improve the Quality of Education: The RTE Act should be amended to extend deadline to teacher training till 2020. The last deadline proposed is expired in 2015. To improve the quality of education, about 5 lakh untrained teachers would be trained under RTE in next five years.
Agenda -6: Class 10 Board Exams: Class 10 CBSE board examinations need to be resolved internally by CBSE. The matter was not discussed at CABE meeting today. Of five lakh schools, there are only 30,000 schools under CBSE. The decision regarding CBSE schools fall under the jurisdiction of the centre and the decision in this regard will be taken separately.