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‘We will penalise errant schools’

Sanjay Kumar, secretary, state Education Department, said the government order specifying a no-failure policy until Class 8 is final and that it would entertain no further debate on the matter.

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2010 00:55 IST
Bhavya Dore

Sanjay Kumar, secretary, state Education Department, said the government order specifying a no-failure policy until Class 8 is final and that it would entertain no further debate on the matter.

Some schools say they are yet to receive a circular, some are waiting to hear from their respective boards. Is further communication required?

The Government Resolution (GR) of May 10 is the official circular; there will be nothing further. It is very clearly stated in that all students up to Class 8 should be promoted. The Right To Education (RTE) is a constitutional act that is in force.

Won’t some students suffer if they are promoted despite their basics not being strong?

Then that is a problem with the schools. They should make sure this does not happen. All students sit for the same classes, and if they can’t keep up then the school should offer remedial help.

Is RTE applicable to schools whose results have come out before April 1, when the Act came into force?

Whether the results came before or after April 1 does not matter. The Act is in force and is applicable.

What if some schools still refuse to promote students?

There is a penalty clause for such schools. If we receive complaints, we will set up an inquiry and act accordingly. We will penalise the school.