LS passes bill to fail students in class 5 and 8; scraps ‘No detention’ policy

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The new policy of scrapping ‘no detention’ will now give the schools the full freedom to fail the students of class fifth and eighth and withhold promotion to the next class as per the amendment passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

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Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar moved the ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017’, which sought for regular examination in classes 5 and 8.

The original act is that you can’t hold any student to go to the next class as you can’t fail a child or expel them from school till the completion of elementary education. The act also gives the school the power to hold back the child if he fails in the re-examination.

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Moving the Bill, Javadekar said that the amendment was necessary to improve the “learning outcomes” and that the demands for repeal of ‘no detention’ policy was made by many states and Union Territories in recent years which observed students scoring “poor marks”.

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