Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar stated that the centre is soon planning to end No-Fail policy for students between Classes 5 and 8. He also said that “This policy removal will be brought in to effect by the centre with the supports from all the states.
In a meeting at the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Javadekar mentioned that all the education ministers of the states have mutually decided that the students cannot reach 9th class without clearing 5TH and 8th class. The title of the discussion was named as “Way Forward for Education Sector in Eastern Region.”
HRD minister stated that “This policy has to be passed in the parliament; power will be given to the states to conduct examinations for 5th and 8th classes in the month of March. If the student fails to pass in these exams, last chance will be given to re-appear in an examination conducted May. He also added that, if the student fails to qualify in the given attempts then he/she will be detained. 25 Indian states have approved the proposal.
The ‘No-Fail’ / ‘No-Detention’ policy is laid down under Section 16 of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The Act prevents schools from expelling any student up to the class 8. The past policy was brought as to have no detention from class 1 to class 8. The students have only affected by this policy, said Prakash Javadekar.
The purpose of the policy then was to take everybody along; the students come to have the meal and then leave as they were no examination.
The Union Minister also said, “We want to improve the quality of education imparted to students. Knowledge is a part of education; the other part is imparting skills. We must impart skill as a part of education”.