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Review ‘No Detention’ Policy & Give States Discretion to Hold Exams: CABE
Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has advised the Ministry of Human Resource and Development to review ‘No Detention’ which does not allow any student to be failed till Class VIII. The issue was taken up at CABE meeting chaired by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on October 25, 2016. He explained that most of the states have raised complaints regarding deteriorating of learning outcomes due to ‘No Detention’ policy. Hence, the states requested to hold exams in Class V & VIII.
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Javadekar assured that the Central Government would bring suitable amendments through which the states will be given freedom to review ‘No Detention’ policy.
The sub-committees which were constituted earlier by CABE had recommended that ‘No Detention’ policy must be reviewed. Since CABE is the highest advisory body in the country on education, HRD Ministry would take the recommendation into consideration and soon it will be taken to the cabinet.
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CABE has also proposed that no child would be failed till Class V. It also mentioned that the learning outcomes for every class would be defined and included in Right to Education (RTE) rules. A proposal has also been made that RTE should be amended to extend the deadline to teacher training till 2020. The earlier proposed deadline expired in 2015, and hence amendment must be made to extend the deadline.
Javadekar also clarified that the issue related to Class 10 Board Examination needs to be resolved internally by CBSE, and the matter was not discussed in the CABE meeting.
Education ministers of states attended the CABE meeting. The discussions were also held on the rationalization of posting of teachers in rural areas, co-location of anganwadis near primary schools, joyful learning, improvement of learning outcomes, enhancing skill and technical education, improving the infrastructure of government schools and extension of RTE to pre-school and secondary education.
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