In a decision taken by Madhya Pradesh state government after the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meet on October 25, 2016- the no detention policy has been scrapped in an attempt to restore the quality of education in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The change is likely to become effective only in the next academic session in the state. The CABE meet also proposed that no child be failed till Class 5 also giving a free hand to states to decide whether they want to hold back students beyond Class 5.
Minister of state for school education Deepak Joshi mentioned “We reviewed the policy and found it was adversely affecting both students and teachers. We found teachers were taking their job for granted as they knew students would be anyway promoted to the next class,”. He added that barring schools which follow CBSE as a curriculum, the guidelines apply to all government and private schools in the state.
A mandatory provision in Right to Education Act for automatic promotion of students till class 8 however be their performance in academics- this was one born out of results of early surveys by the government and NGOS that exposed that the detention system raised the dropout rate among students, particularly from economically and socially weaker sections. Sources reveal that the policy introduced to ensure a healthy environment for school children failed to have the desired outcome because most schools refused to comply with guidelines.
“There is a misconception that no detention means no assessment. Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) is the assessment system under RTE and it should go hand in hand with no detention policy. But MP schools failed to comply with CCE,” sources said.
Vijay Shah, Madhya Pradesh school education minister took part in the meet held in Delhi along with education ministers from 21 states. A definite decision was taken only on Thursday after the recommendation was sent from a panel of state officials headed by Vijay Shah himself.
It must be noted that thirteen states from across the political spectrum — Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Puducherry and Delhi — had backed the Modi government proposal in December 2015 to scrap the no detention policy initiated by earlier UPA-2 government . The only state that wanted it to continue was Karnataka.