The 'No detention' policy implemented by the central government may soon be changed as educationists call for a review of the policy.
In a recent meeting conducted by Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) yesterday, the top education advisory granted states the volition to take a decision on the policy in the current school education environment.
Chaired by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar the meeting included discussions on making CBSE Class X board examination compulsory and reviewing the 'no detention' policy.
"It was agreed that the Central Government may bring in suitable amendment which will give states the freedom to review the 'No Detention Policy," the minister said and promised to take further discussions about it to the cabinet.
"Learning outcomes would be defined and made a part of the Right to Education (RTE) rules," he added, briefing reporters about the crux of the meeting.
Union Ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Vijay Goel, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Upendra Kushwaha, besides representatives of all states and union territories including education ministers of 21 states also took part in the meeting.
According to Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia who earlier was in support of the 'ND' policy, the policy could be withdrawn in the current scenario and re-introduced later when teachers are given sufficient freedom in teaching.
Sisodia also requested Javadekar that the name of HRD Ministry must be changed to Education Ministry and that the budget allocated for this sector must be increased to meet out the current needs.
Training untrained teachers within the next five years, accountability of all stakeholders including teachers for improving learning outcomes, comprising a sub-committee under Deputy CM and Education minister of Telangana Kadiyam Srihari to look into issues of girl's education were the other key points dicsussed, it is learnt.