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Maharashtra Govt.to Scrap No-detention Policy in Schools
In a strong recommendation, Maharashtra government has recently asked scrapping of no-detention adapted under Right to Education Act. The state government in its draft National education Policy report has recommended to ensure that students ignore studies examination should be held in all schools. The report stated that 'No Exams' is nothing but a misconception spread among parents.
According to The Press Trust of India, “The no-detention policy, a key component of the RTE Act, was enforced on April 1, 2010 with a motive to ensure that every child between the age of six and 14 studies in school. The policy was implemented to minimize the number of students who drop-out of the school after failing in the examination, also leading to other psychological impacts.”
The state government suggested to adopt Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for students so that the marks of these regular tests can be summed up for evaluation at the end of the year.
The report has also recommended to enhance the involvement of the parents to ensure the performance of the child and also instructed schools to facilitate those parents who regularly send their children to school.
"Parent Teacher Associations are to be strengthened. ‘Class-wise parents' meeting should be held, house visits by the teachers should be made necessary, using Social Media like WhatsApp, MSS, SMS, by parents for students performance, reports cards of the students are to be discussed with the parents, 'Open House' concepts is to be implemented, schools must get involved in the social Festivals actively and 'Public Reading' (Chawadi Wachan) is to be done to uplift the image of the school and the Students," it states.
However, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde said told that the policy has not yet been finalized. "The state government had organized a debate in 32,000 villages and invited suggestions from education experts, principals, teachers associations and parents associations. This has happened for the first time, I have not seen this happening in the earlier government," Tawde said.
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