Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha tabled the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha. The bill is intended to scrap the no-detention policy in schools till Class 8 under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
On August 3, the Union cabinet had cleared the bill that allows all the states to detain students in Class 5 and Class 8 in case they fail in the year-end exam even after they are given a second chance.
As per the current provisions of the RTE Act, “Students are automatically promoted to the next class till Class 8. This is one of the key components of the RTE Act which came into force on April 1, 2010.”
The object of the present bill is to improve the learning outcomes at the elementary schooling stage. It was proposed to substitute section 16 after wide deliberations with all the stake holders.
Section 16 talks of “prohibition of holding back and expulsion of students”.