The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by a voice vote. It also approved the bill to amend a law to abolish the 'no detention policy' till Class 8 by enabling state governments to allow schools to fail students. Under the current provisions of the RTE, no student can be detained till class 8 and all students are promoted to the next grade. The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the amendment to the said bill was brought in since 25 states were demanding the right to change the "no detention" policy. He also said that the bill was brought to fulfill the need for a comprehensive evaluation of students. The Standing Committee approved the Bill unanimously.
It was clarified by Mr. Javedkar that there are cases when Class 5 student does not know the mathematics of Class 3. The Bill will provide for a regular examination in classes 5 and 8 and if the child fails, he or she will be given an additional opportunity for re-examination in two months' time.
The bill was dissented by many opposition leaders saying that the nature of the decision is regressive and children were being made to pay for the inefficiencies of the education system. Manoj Jha of the RJD pointed out large vacancies of teachers in schools and the lack of proper infrastructure. CPI leader D Raja urged the minister to defer the Bill for wider consultation, he said that ideally, the Bill should have been referred to a Select Committee.
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