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RTE Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

RTE Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha 

The Rajya Sabha on 03 Jan passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that does away with the no-detention policy mentioned in the law.

The House also passed the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill.

The Lok Sabha had passed the two bills in July during the Budget Session.

Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill 2019

The existing policy under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, prohibits schools from detaining students till they complete elementary education.

The no-detention policy banned the practice of making under-performing children repeat classes in elementary school to ensure they do not drop out.

It was meant to reduce the emphasis on year-end examinations and replace it with a form of evaluation that would track students’ progress through the year.

Impact:

Now, states can choose to hold a regular examination either at the end of Classes 5 and 8, or both. Students who fail this test will receive additional instructions and the opportunity to appear for a re-examination within two months of the declaration of the result. If the students still do not pass the exam, the state government may decide to detain them.

However, if states choose, they can continue the no-detention policy till Class 8. No child can be expelled from school before they complete elementary education, the amendment bill states.

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