Punjab chief minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal on Monday asked the Centre to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act by re-introducing board examination system for classes fifth and eighth.
He also demanded that students, who fail in the annual examination till class eighth, should not be promoted to the next class. Promoting students, irrespective of their results, was adversely impacting the academic standards, he said.
While interacting with mediapersons after performing the ground-breaking ceremony of the Central University that is coming up on 500 acres here, the chief minister said under the current RTE Act provisions no student can be failed till class eighth and they don't have to appear in any board examination till Class 10th.
The chief minister said he has already raised the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and even the Punjab Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution for introducing required changes in the RTE Act.
Answering a media query on agrarian crisis, Badal said the central government must immediately formulate policies to bail out farmers.
Responding to a query on flood-like situation in various districts of the state, the chief minister said farmers, who has suffered losses due to flooding of his fields, will be adequately compensated with Rs 8,000 per acre as compensation after the survey for the same is conducted.