Tripura government has approved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which allows no detention up to class four. The act, which was earlier passed by parliament, provides for a regular examination in classes fifth and eighth and if the child fails, he or she shall be given additional opportunity for re-examination in two months’ time.
Here’s what Tripura’s Education Minister, Ratan Lal Nath said:
“The council of ministers in Tripura in its meeting on Thursday has approved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. We have accepted the act, which was passed by the parliament earlier,” said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath.
“There will be no detention up to class four, but there will be examinations before promoting students from class 5th to 6th. Similarly, examination will be conducted before promoting any student from class 8th to class 9th, Nath said.
About Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019:
Parliament had passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in January this year to amend a law to abolish the ‘no-detention policy’ till class VIII by enabling state governments to allow schools to fail students.
“If students cannot clear the test in class V and VIII, they would be given the opportunity to appear the examination again in two months’ time. If students cannot clear the test for the second time, they would be detained in the respective classes,” Nath added.
Five marks as grace could be given to a student having 85 per cent of attendance; Nath said adding headmasters of the schools will have a special power for giving relaxation to specially-abled students and promoting them.