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Parliament approves Bill to abolish 'no fail policy till Class 8'

Javadekar assured the House that the passage of this Bill will not lead to increase in dropout rates in schools

Press Trust of India 

50-odd children enrolled at a school in the colony | Photo: Saggere Radhakrishnan
50-odd children enrolled at a school in the colony | Photo: Saggere Radhakrishnan

Parliament Thursday approved a to amend a law to abolish the 'no detention policy' till Class VIII by enabling state governments to allow schools to fail students.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by a voice vote.

However, Left parties staged a walkout opposing the

The was passed by the on July 18 last year.

Replying to the discussion on the Bill, Union Human Resource Development said the amendment to the Bill was brought in since 25 states were demanding the right to change the "no detention" policy.

This Bill is nothing but to give the state's power to decide whether no detention needs to continue or not, he said.

The said the Bill was brought as comprehensive evaluation of students was not happening, adding that the Standing Committee approved the Bill unanimously.

Javadekar assured the House that the passage of this Bill will not lead to increase in dropout rates in schools.

Justifying the need to bring in the amendment, he said it was often said that in some cases Class V student did not know the mathematics of Class III.

This Bill provides for a regular examination in classes V and VIII and if the child fails, he or she shall be given additional opportunity for re-examination in two months' time.

D urged the to defer the Bill for wider consultation, saying ideally, the Bill should have been referred to a

He said a distressing trend was being witnessed in the country with becoming increasingly privatised, adding, the Government should have thought of a common school system.

of the RJD also opposed the Bill, saying children were being made to pay for the inefficiencies of the system. "You have taken a regressive decision", he said, while pointing out large vacancies of teachers in schools and the lack of

Under the current provisions of the Right to Education Act, no student can be detained till class 8 and all students are promoted to the next grade.

First Published: Thu, January 03 2019. 20:30 IST