Delhi Government Scraps ‘No Detention’ Policy, Students Up Class 8 Should Clear Annual Exams

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New Delhi: Delhi government is scrapping its ‘no detention’ policy. The new promotion policy to be implemented from the next academic year states that students of classes 5 and 8 will not be promoted if they fail in the annual examination.

According to PTI, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the ‘No Detention Policy’ was very progressive but due to lack of preparation the education system could not take full advantage of it. Through the new guidelines, the government aims to bring “equal seriousness” to the primary grades as in class 10 and 12.

The ‘no-detention policy’ of the Right to Education Act was first introduced in 2009, under which students up to class 8 were to be promoted. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation was introduced to ensure quality education, but due to its poor implementation, the policy was scrapped in 2017.

In 2019, the Delhi government approved the formation of a committee to consider removing the no-detention policy, following an amendment to the Act by Parliament.

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The new assessment guidelines of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) states, “If a child is unable to pass class 5 or 8, he should be given an opportunity to improve performance within two months through re-examination. Will get more chance.” , according to PTI.

As per the guidelines, a student has to secure 33 per cent marks in each subject to ‘pass’ in each subject. Promotion is also subject to the condition that a minimum of 25 per cent marks must be obtained in the mid-term plus annual examinations, reported PTI.

To be declared a “pass” in the re-examination, the student must have secured at least 25 per cent marks in the subject, and if not, will be placed in the “required repetition” category. – Which means the candidate will be put back in the same class for the next session.

The Directorate of Education, in its new guidelines issued on Friday, said that the students of classes 5 and 8 will be assessed on their co-curricular activities besides mid-term and annual examinations.

Co-curricular activities include project-based activities, portfolio, classroom participation, participation in activities such as theatre, dance, music, sports and attendance.

The guidelines will be implemented from the academic session 2023-24 in all government, government aided, municipal corporations of Delhi, Municipal Corporation of New Delhi, Delhi Cantonment Board and recognized unaided schools within the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

(with PTI inputs)

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