The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal for scrapping the 'no-detention policy' which will enable the schools to detain students if they fail in exams.
More on the no-detention policy in schools:
The decision was taken on Wednesday which will now enable the states to conduct exams for students of class 5 and 8 and detain them if they fail. Students will be given a second chance to clear the exam and if failed, they will then be detained.
Under the existing no-detention policy, students were promoted to next standard every year automatically till the eighth grade but now this will not happen. They will have to work hard in order to get promoted to the next standard.
Certain safeguards such as remedial classes and an additional chance to pass the exam have also been introduced. As per the proposal, the students, for say, of classes 5th and 8th, who do not pass the examination in March will be provided one more opportunity in May or June. Before the exams, they will also be given 'remedial classes'. But if they fail in the second chance also, they will then be detained.
Meanwhile, a bill in Parliament will be introduced by the government as the move requires an amendment to the Right to Education.
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