New Delhi: In a bid to improve the quality of elementary education, the Ministry of Human Resource Development would formulate and enact a Bill which would allow schools to fail and detain students in Class V and VIII who do not attain a minimum level of learning, union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has said.
He was speaking to reporters at a press conference held in New Delhi on Tuesday to spell out the achievements of the HRD Ministry ahead of the Modi government’s third anniversary in power.
The new Bill will do away with the no-detention policy under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which stipulates automatic promotion of students from class I to class VIII.
“The quality of the education has come down significantly due to the implementation of the no-detention policy. The decision to amend the RTE Act and reintroduce a pass-fail system in schools was taken based on various surveys,” Javadekar said.
The Bill will empower State governments to have discretionary powers to bring in provisions for holding annual examinations for Class V and Class VIII students.
A majority of states, including Kerala, have given the nod to the Bill and its provisions, while only four states have demanded retaining of the existing system.
Under the new rule, if a student fails in Class V or Class VIII, he/she will be given a second chance to appear for a re-exam in June. Students failing to clear the exam even in the second chance will not be promoted to the next class.
The other major announcements made by the HRD Ministry are as follows:
No new B.Ed colleges
The minister said the government has decided against allotting no new B.Ed colleges this year. The decision has been made as part of the initiatives to ensure the quality of the existing teacher training institutions. As many as 7,000 of B.Ed colleges have so far responded to the call to submit quality affidavits, he added.
National Testing Agency
A specialized agency will be responsible for conducting various exams that are currently held by CBSE and AICTE. The move would ease the extra burden on CBSE and AICTE and will help them able to focus on academics and improvement of learning outcomes.
National Academic Depository
The government will launch the National Academic Depository this year, which will facilitate online verification and easy retrieval of academic records.
National Digital Library
The National Digital Library, which enables easy access of around 66 lakh digitized books and publications to the student community and faculties, will be opened up for the public soon, the minister informed.