A parliamentary panel has asked the Human Resource Development Ministry to rethink on its policy of automatic promotion up to Class VIII the no detention policy that has come into effect with the Right to Education Act allowing students to get promoted right up to the eighth standard regardless of academic performance.
The panel has also drawn attention to the fact that less than half the states have admitted 25 per cent students from disadvantaged categories under the RTE so far a mandatory requirement under the Act that promises free and compulsory education to all children aged 6 to 14 years.
The no-detention policy ushered in through the Act has attracted criticism with state governments arguing that it has led to a decline in academic seriousness among students. The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) also took up the issue recently and a committee on the issue is reviewing both the no detention policy and the Continuous and Comprehensive Examination (CCE) format that has replaced the conventional end of the year exam system.
The parliamentary committee observed: The committee feels that a student may not be motivated to work hard to learn if he/ she is aware that his promotion to the next grade is guaranteed.