Around 24 states are planning to scrap the no-detention policy in schools from next year. The step is being taken due to fall in learning outcomes. Till now all the students were promoted to class VIII, however, once the no-detention policy is scrapped this will change.
After the scrapping of the policy, students will have to give exams in class V and VIII and those who cannot qualify the exam in March will be given another chance in May. If failed after two attempts, students will not be promoted to the next class.
For past few years, many incidents have come to light where several students have failed in Class XI and one of the major reasons for it was lack of qualitative and quantitative assessments in the previous classes. There have been many instances where students protested and turned violent.
This experiment of no-detention and automatic promotion had a major effect on the learning outcome. Therefore from 2018 as many as 24 states are planning to do away with the no-detention policy. The central advisory board of education (CABE) adopted the sub committee’s recommendation to bring the changed policy in a phased manner.
The proposed amendment seeks to improve the learning levels of children. However, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra are the four states which might not immediately adopt the no-detention policy.
On Wednesday, Union Cabinet approved the scrapping of the no-detention policy in schools till class VIII. Apart from that the cabinet also approved the HRD ministry’s plan to create 20 world-class institutions in India.
(Source: Times of India)