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Re-introduce detention in classes, says review panel

Vanita Srivastava , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 18, 2014
First Published: 01:33 IST(18/7/2014) | Last Updated: 01:39 IST(18/7/2014)

A panel to look into the effects of the ‘no detention’  system till class 8 on academic performance among school students has strongly recommended a re-introduction of detentions in classes to address the decline of learning among students.


Haryana education minister Geeta Bhukkal, who chaired the sixth meeting of the sub-committee of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) to review the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) and the ‘no detention’ provision told HT, “We have prepared our report and will very soon submit it the HRD ministry. This will be taken up at the next CABE meeting and then a decision could be taken.”

The committee which met in Delhi on Wednesday has nine members, including the state education ministers of Bihar, Assam, Chattisgarh and Tamil Nadu.

The ‘no detention’ provision came into effect with the RTE (Right to Education) Act, allowing students to get promoted up to class 8 regardless of their academic performance. The policy, however, triggered a controversy with a section of academicians and parents voicing objections to it.

After collecting data from various states, Bhukkal said the panel found that the system had actually led to a fall in the academic performance of students.

“While there is nothing wrong with CCE and this should be continued, detentions should be re-introduced to prevent further decline in learning standards. The current system of no detention had demoralised meritorious students,” said Bhukkal.

“The Learning Level Outcomes has steeply come down from the academic sessions 2010-11 to 2013-14.  This clearly reflects that there is something drastically wrong with the policy and system, which needs to be remedied.”

Besides, she said the accountability of parents and teachers should be fixed. “The current system had made the teachers and parents non serious.”

The panel has also suggested making 80% attendance in classes compulsory.

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