Govt Firm On ‘Pass-Fail’ Return: Prakash Javadekar

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Kolkata: The government is likely to bring in the amendments during the upcoming Monsoon Session of the Parliament, said Prakash Javadekar.

The Centre plans to re-introduce the pass-fail system in school education and scrap the no-detention policy by August this year, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, said.

“If the Congress lets the Parliament function, then hopefully changes to the no detention policy will be brought in within this July session. By August the new policy should come into effect then,” he told reporters during a press meet.

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The new provisions that Javadekar is talking about will enable States to conduct examinations in class V and VIII and also detain students if they fail. Under the current provisions of the RTE, no student can be detained till class VIII.

According to the Minister, some 25-odd state governments have already expressed their willingness to re-introduce the pass-fail system. There are others who still wish to stick to the ‘no detention policy’.

“We have given states the full freedom to either implement or not implement the no-detention policy. States are free to take a call on the matter from the 2019 academic session,” he said.