No fail procedure may be shown the door at schools

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New Delhi: The no fail procedure in schools which was reportedly having adverse effect on the Indian Education System has been under proposal for a change, Union Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani said on Wednesday, but a final decision can only be taken after a written response from the states.

After addressing the first meeting of the newly reconstituted Central Advisory Board of Education, or CABE, Irani said, “All members unanimously agreed no detention affecting learning adversely and should be revoked but we still want a written statement from states.”

The Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009, formulated by the then UPA government had a no detention policy till class 8 in the schools.

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After NDA government came to power, she held several meetings with the school authorities, teachers and students and found out that most of the students favoured examinations not just at school levels but also for Class X board even which was made optional by the UPA Government.