School Education Law: “No Detention Policy” scrapped
The Lok Sabha passed an amendment to the Right to Education Act that does away with the no-detention policy mentioned in the law enabling states now to allow schools to fail the child if he/she fails in elementary classes and withhold their promotion to the next standard. As per the amendment, it would be left to states to decide whether to continue the no-detention policy. The existing law stipulated that no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education.
‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017’, which sought for regular examination in classes 5 and 8 will now have provisions not only for examination in both these classes, but will also extend powers to the state to hold back children, if they fail in re-examination-- also provisioned in the amended Bill.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the amendment was necessary to improve the “learning outcomes” and that the demands for repeal of ‘no detention’ policy was made by many states and Union Territories in recent years which observed students scoring “poor marks”.
However, if states choose, they can continue the no-detention policy all the way to Class 8. No child can be expelled from school before they complete elementary education, the amendment bill states.
Source : Hindustan Times