Wednesday, 26 October 2016

States to take call on no-detention policy: CABE

Implementation of the contentious no-detention policy which does not allow any child to be failed till Class VIII will now be left to the discretion of different states. The Central Advisory Board of Education which is the country's top education advisory body has made that recommendation today at its annual meet. The no-detention policy has been blamed for a drop in learning outcomes and to
improve that situation. It has also been agreed to codify how much students should have learnt at the end of each academic session in the Right to Education Act. Signalling a major change in education in the country. CABE is the apex education advisory body in the country headed by Union Human Resource Development Minister.

It's 64th meeting took place in New Delhi on Tuesday where apart from education ministers of state government’s prominent educations and top officials participated. 

A CABE sub-committee set up to review the no-detention policy recently submitted its report to the Centre. 

It had suggested a re-look at the policy. 

Now states can individually take a call on the issue and necessary amendments will be made in the Right to Education Act for the purpose. 

It has also been decided to codify learning outcomes for every class as well. 

Rules will be framed to spell out what children should have learnt at the end of each academic year. 

These will also be part of the Right to Education Act. 

It was also agreed that there has to be accountability of all stakeholders for improving learning outcomes. 

Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act brought in the no-detention policy. 

But since its implementation steady decline in learning outcomes had been experienced NGO Pratham in its annual state of education surveys had revealed almost half children in class V were unable to read class II textbooks and solve rudimentary maths problems. 

The New Education Policy was also discussed during the CABE meet to give it final shape. 

It was decided that it will be based on 5 key pillars. 

Among other key deliberations, it was agreed to extend the 2015 deadline of ending the engagement of untrained teachers by another 5 years to train them. 

A sub-committee headed by Telangana's Education Minister has been formed to make recommendations for the education of the girl child. 

Efforts will also be made to hold the CABE meeting twice a year. 

The Union HRD Minister also clarified that the issue of reverting to mandatory class X CBSE exams will be dealt with separately. 

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