Chhattisgarh likely to scrap no-detention policy in schools

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2017 15:25:38

Staff Reporter,


Aug 5,

After witnessing a sharp dip in the quality of education in elementary school education (both primary-classes I to V as well as upper primary classes VI to VIII), Chhattisgarh is one of the major states across the nation who is likely to scrap the no-detention policy in schools from next academic session 2018-19. The neighbouring states Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand has already adopted this detention policy in all elementary schools from the current academic session of
2017-18 and now Chhattisgarh is also following the footsteps of them and is all set to adopt it from next academic session.

It may be mentioned here that after the formation of Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, all states including Chhattisgarh had adopted the no-detention policy in all elementary education (state board as well as Central Board of Secondary Education-CBSE or ICSE) and allow school authorities to promote children to class IX directly and do not détente a single student of any elementary classes. But this policy had affected the quality of education and because of no fear of détente, students did not take their studies seriously and it affected them in all subjects’ literature, mathematics and science poorly.

According to the senior officer of department of school education of Chhattisgarh, the change in Right of Free as well as Compulsory Education Act became necessary owing to the fall in learning outcomes that translate into over 25 per cent drop out of students in secondary classes especially of class IX and class X. The various surveys, All India Education Survey of NGO and National Survey of NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) reveal that only 20% children of class VIII were able to do simple addition, subtraction and multiplication while only 15% students of class V would able to read numbers from 1 to 100 and read sentences of English properly. ‘Because of these shocking outcomes, we decided to scrap no-detention policy in elementary classes from the next academic session and have already sent proposal regarding it to the Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD)’ said officer of Department o School Education.

Under the current regime, students are promoted automatically till class VIII. But now they will be tested twice - in class V and VIII and those who fail in the March exam will be given another chance in May. Else the students will be detained in the same class. There have been several instances of large scale failures in classes XI and these were seen as due to the lack of qualitative and quantitative assessments in earlier classes. On occasions students protested and turned violent. The class X board exam was optional and it was only recently that a decision has been taken to bring it back from March, 2018.

Earlier, it was envisioned that with the implementation of the comprehensive and continuous evaluation (CCE) system students will be continuously assessed from Class I, eliminating the need for an examination to promote students to the higher classes. But CCE proved difficult to implement and teachers lost leverage over students with many government schools turning into mere “mid-day meal” providers.

Dr. M Tripathi, senior academician stated that ‘This experiment of no-detention and automatic promotion affected the learning outcome adversely’. When contacted, Kedar Kashyap, state minister of school education asserted that it is necessary to improve the quality of school education so state decided to take this step from the next academic session.