Scolded for not wear­ing uni­form, MP school stu­dent shoots principal Six city schools will stick to no-fail rule, even if govt scraps it

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tushar Kothari let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A stu­dent shot the principal of his school af­ter he was pulled up for not wear­ing his uni­form at Jaora in Rat­lam dis­trict on Satur­day. The principal was hos­pi­talised and is said to be in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Sources said the ac­cused, a stu­dent of class 9, would fre­quently get into trou­ble with the school ad­min­is­tra­tion over at­ten­dance is­sues. The boy came to school on Satur­day, but in civil­ian clothes, spurring the principal to send him home with a warn­ing.

At least six schools in Mum­bai have made the bold de­ci­sion to pass all its stu­dents up to Class 8 — even if the gov­ern­ment scraps the no-fail pol­icy from the next aca­demic year.

The schools al­layed fears of poor stan­dards say­ing re­me­dial classes will keep the qual­ity high. The schools said they were wor­ried the fail tag will have neg­a­tive reper­cus­sions on stu­dents.

The no-de­ten­tion pol­icy was in­tro­duced six years ago, un­der the Right to Ed­u­ca­tion (RTE) Act, 2009, to make learn­ing stress-free. But re­cently, the hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry started work­ing to­wards get­ting rid of the pol­icy, call­ing it the big­gest road­block to “qual­ity”.

Some Mum­bai schools, how­ever, don’t want to re­turn to the sys­tem of fail­ing stu­dents.

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