States will soon be able to able to conduct exams for students of class 5 and 8 and detain them if they fail, as the Union Cabinet approved a proposal on 02 August 2017 for scrapping the ‘no-detention policy’, according to sources. Under the existing no-detention policy, students are promoted automatically to higher classes every year till the eighth grade.
“The proposal has been approved by the Union Cabinet, under which states have been empowered to take decision on detaining the students,” a source said, adding that certain safeguards have been introduced, such as remedial classes and an additional chance to pass the exam.
For instance, students of classes 5 and 8, who do not pass the examination in March, will be given another chance in May or June. Before sitting for the second exam, they will be asked to attend ‘remedial classes’. They will be detained if they fail in that exam, according to the proposal which was put up for the cabinet’s consideration. The government will introduce a bill in Parliament as the move requires amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act.