The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development on Thursday called for a “reconsideration” of the policy of “no-detention” up to Class VIII, arguing such a practice works against the interest of children.
The no-detention policy, introduced under the Right to Education Act, automatically promotes students up to Class VIII. Several quarters, including parents, teachers and students, have sought reintroduction of exams.
Criticising the government for scrapping the community college scheme, the committee “strongly” recommended giving distance education council — regulating such schemes — a statutory status as its functioning under the UGC is not “legally tenable”.
The panel said the scheme was launched for barely two years, which was too short to take a final view on the programme’s status and close down 532 community colleges. “The committee reiterates its recommendations to give distance education council a statutory status to regulate distance learning…The present arrangement with UGC is neither practicable nor legally tenable,” the panel said in its report tabled in House.