LESS than two months after having decided to do away with the no-detention policy at elementary level as being harmful to the education system, the Jammu Kashmir government on Thursday took a U-turn saying that it will continue class 5th to 7th for the current session in Kashmir, besides waiving off annual exams for 8th, 9th and 11th classes there.
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Pointing out that government has waived off the Term-2 examination for students of 8th, 9th and 11th classes, besides deciding to continue with the no-detention policy for the current academic session, a School Education Department order issued on Thursday said, “All the students from class 5th to 9th and 11th in all the government schools and recognized private schools of Kashmir Valley shall be elevated to the next level with immediate effect. As a consequence, the new academic calendar for the schools shall commence in Kashmir Valley forthwith,” the order said, adding that the no-detention policy earlier reviewed shall now take effect from the calendar year 2017.
This, the order said, has been done to safeguard academic interest of students by commencing the new session on time for which admission is usually done in the month of November in the Winter Zone. Justifying the decision, it pointed out that though partial assessment of students for Term-I was made for classes 8th, 9th and 11th, students of a large number of educational institutions in Kashmir Valley could not attend their classes after the 2016 summer vacations because of unrest. It also asked the educational institutions in the Valley to hold additional remedial classes during winters to compensate the loss suffered by students because of prolonged unrest.
To check deterioration in quality of education, the government had, in last September, modified the no-detention policy at the elementary level. As per the new policy, a student was to be detained on provisional basis with arrangement of reassessment for promotion to next class after special remedial teaching of 2-3 months during vacations/beginning of next session and to detain one in that particular class in case of one not being able to meet the qualification criteria in that reassessment.
The no-detention policy allowing a child to reach class 9th irrespective of performance in the examination had not only led to lack of motivation to perform among students, but also proved discouraging for teachers in the absence of any evaluation of their performance, the government had then said.
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