No-de­ten­tion pol­icy at schools to be re­versed

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Class 5 and 8 stu­dents will now have to clear their exams to get promoted as the HRD min­istry is set to bring back the de­ten­tion pol­icy for these classes.

Cur­rently, a no-de­ten­tion pol­icy in­tro­duced by the UPA gov­ern­ment is in place un­der which stu­dents up to Class 8 are not de­tained by schools across the coun­try. The min­istry is likely to is­sue a no­ti­fi­ca­tion on this as most states have con­veyed they don’t want the no-de­ten­tion rule for Class 5 and 8, sources said.

A key com­po­nent of the RTE (Right To Ed­u­ca­tion) Act, the no-de­ten­tion pol­icy was en­forced on April 1, 2010 with the in­ten­tion of en­sur­ing that ev­ery child aged be­tween six and 14 got a school ed­u­ca­tion. Of­fi­cials said to re­move the no-de­ten­tion clause, the Cen­tre would have to amend the RTE law.

“Af­ter ob­tain­ing a con­sen­sus from the Cen­tral Ad­vi­sory Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, HRD min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani had asked the states to pro­vide their views on the mat­ter. All the states have al­ready sent their writ­ten re­sponses which have been stud­ied and soon a no­ti­fi­ca­tion will be is­sued,” a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

Sources said stu­dents would be given more op­por­tu­ni­ties to pass their exams to avoid un­nec­es­sary de­ten­tion.

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