The ‘no detention’ policy was revocated on Wednesday(18.7.18). The no detention policy states that no student can be failed till class VIII, however poor their performance might be. This bill was originally passed under ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education(second amendment) bill,2017’.
According to this policy, if a child fails in any class, he or she shall be given an additional opportunity for re-examination in two months time. The scrapping of the ‘no detention ‘bill has attracted huge criticism from the experts, who feel that this scrapping would entirely weaken the entire Right to Education Act. As per the experts – This will undermine the provision of admitting Children in age-appropriate classes.
The experts also feel that repeating classes may also result in increased dropouts from Primary School which will altogether spoil the purpose of “compulsory Education to All – Till Primary level.”
As per a Professor from TISS(Tata Institute Of Social Sciences) – The new amendment is against another fundamental promise of the Right to Education Act. That is, to provide a system that makes the child free of trauma, Anxiety, and Fear.
But as per Mr. Prakash Javadekar who is the present Minister of Human Resource and Development, this ‘no detention’ bill was resulting in the deterioration of Education level, with all students, even the ones who were not up to the level being automatically promoted till class VIII, then this, in turn, would result in kids becoming more and lazier. There would be no accountability – Either on the part of the student or on the part of the School or Teacher which will result in the deterioration of the education system.
The Central Advisory Board of Education appointed a sub committee on no-detention was constituted in 2012 under then Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal. The committee put forward that the no detention must be revoked in a phased manner and not fully at one go.
The committee argued that the no detention has led to a decline in learning outcomes or rather the level of learning has steeped down when academic sessions of 2010-11 and 2013-14 is compared. The decline in the learning level is the result of the no detention policy going drastically wrong. So, what do you all think? must he no detention policy exist or must it be scrapped off?