No-fail policy makes students lazy, say principals, parents
Even as parents and educationists try to figure out whether the detention of 50% students in Class 9 in Antonio Desouza High School, Byculla, is any indication of a trend, the Right to Education Act (RTE) is back in the eye of the storm.mumbai Updated: May 09, 2012 01:29 IST
Even as parents and educationists try to figure out whether the detention of 50% students in Class 9 in Antonio Desouza High School, Byculla, is any indication of a trend, the Right to Education Act (RTE) is back in the eye of the storm.
The Act provides that no child can be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education (i.e. from Class 1 to Class 8).
Principals and parents are saying that this ‘no fail’ policy has resulted in students taking academics lightly.
“Students don’t put in enough efforts till Class 8 and are hence unable to cope with academic pressure from Class 9,” said Anjana Prakash, principal, Hansraj Morarji Public School, Andheri, which detained 15 students in class 9 this year from a batch of 152. “The RTE also recommends remedial teaching for students. Many of our students have taken re-tests,” Prakash added.
Parents too are worried about the scenario. “There was a time when students would aspire to score 90%. But today, the RTE encourages them to not work enough even for 35% marks,” said Anupama Kamath, whose daughter studies at Hiranandani Foundation school, Powai.
Educationists claimed that the policy was not at fault. “Schools will go to any extent to ensure a 100% pass record in order to enhance their fee structures,” said Jayant Jain, president, Forum for Fairness in Education, a non-profit. Jain suggested that action should be taken against schools that detain more than 20% students in a batch.