Pass mandatory in high school

NEW DELHI: Union Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar announced in the Loksabha that the government will soon introduce a bill, to do away with the existing practice of promoting the students of Classes 5 to 8 to the next grade, even after failing the annual examination.

Replying to a question on “Amendment to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act”, Minister Javadekar said that if the students fail in March, they will be given a chance in May but if they fail to pass even in the supplementary examination, then the student will be detained. The minister added that the government is considering to change the current policy of promoting the students of classes 5 to 8 to the next grade, in order to increase the quality of Education in India.

Earlier, under the no-detention system all the students who failed the classes 5 to 8, were promoted to the next grade keeping in view that it will be demotivating for a student to repeat the same class and may force him to stop studying.

Section 16 of the Right to Education Act, protected the students from being detained till class 8. However, the Central government is considering to do away with this provision as several states expressed dissatisfaction over the quality of education due to the current ‘no-detention’ or ‘no-fail’ policy.

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