States May Get to Decide on No-detention Policy in Schools
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the state governments will be allowed to decide on the no-detention policy in their schools.
"There is a demand from a lot of states to allow the detention of the students because everyone is promoted up to eighth standard and then there is a pressure in class nine," Javadekar said addressing a function in Panaji. "There is a pressure in ninth standard because we have not learnt anything for eight years. We can't waste the generation like this," he said.
The minister said the Union government will allow states to decide to detain the student after giving him fair chance. "He will be assessed first in March and then in June. It will not be detention for the sake of detention. It is about capabilities and setting up benchmarks," he said.
Javadekar said the implementation of the Right to Education has turned education into a disaster in some states. "I have seen many states where schools have become mid-day meal schools," he said. "Coming, eating and going has become trend in schooling. This is because there is no accountability. There is no benchmarking," the minister said.
"What you find is that sixth standard student can't do Maths of class three and seventh standard student can't read class four lessons," he said. "This happens because we have not defined benchmarks," the minister added.
State Governments will get to decide whether to allow detention of students or not.
There is a popular demand of detention policy from states because everyone is promoted to upto eighth class and there comes pressure in ninth, because there has been no serious study till that time.
Students will have their exam in March. If failed, they will get another chance in June.
Benchmarks will be defined to test capabilities of students.
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