Kolkata: Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) workers staged protest outside Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Thursday to start pass fail system at primary level.
SUCI workers blocked road demanding school reforms in the state. Police baton charged on protestors to control the agitated crowd. Several demonstrators were detained in the protest.
Several protesters blocked the four gates of Rajbhavan to stage protest. Section 144 was imposed in the area. After few hours, police lathicharged to disperse the violent SUCI workers.
Lok Sabha has passed a bill to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act to abolish the ‘no detention policy’ in schools. The bill provides for a regular examination in classes 5 and 8, and if the child fails, he or she shall be given additional opportunity for re-examination in two months’ time.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, while replying to the debate on this ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017’ said that it will be at the discretion of the states whether to continue with the ‘no detention policy’ or not.