Maharashtra has recommended for modification of ‘No Detention Policy’ in schools. The state has suggested that the policy should only be practiced till Class 4.
The suggestion was made at a Central Education Advisory Council’s sub-committee meeting of State Education Ministers where Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra’s Minister for School Education, said that the ‘No Detention Policy’ should not be extended beyond Class 4.
For Classes 5 to 8, there should be regular exams. If the students fail in that exam then they should be given a chance to sit for re-examination within a month. If they fail to pass the re-examination then they should be detained in that particular class. Tawde also emphasised on special training for teachers to deal with the current ‘No Detention Policy’.
Many states like Delhi and Rajasthan have opposed the ‘No Dentition Policy’, a decision taken to reduce pressure and students and avoid dropouts from schools.
18 state committee, headed by Rajasthan Education Minister, Vasudev Devnani has also sent recommendations to the central government to revoke the policy under Right to Education. Recently, Delhi Assembly passed a Bill to scrap this policy. According to the government, the policy was hampering the quality of education in schools and needed amendment.
The ‘No Detention Policy’ was enforced on April 1, 2010 under the Right to Education Act with an intention to ensure that every child between the age of six and 14 gets school education. According to reports, failing in class was one of the reasons for higher drop-outs in primary schools, especially among underprivileged children, reported India Today.