Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar speaking at a discussion titled ‘Way forward For Education Sector In Eastern Region’ stated that the Centre is mulling reintroducing the plan to introduce detention of students who are unable to clear Class 5th and Class 8th examinations. The Union Minister stated that the Centre wants to reintroduce the detention policy with support from state governments. Javadekar added, ”In the proposed bill we have given states an option to hold exams for Class 5 and Class 8 students in March, those who fail the exam will be given a chance to retake the exam in May. Those unable to pass both sets of exams will be detained”. Nearly 25 students are said to have given a nod to the proposed bill, according to an India.com report.
Javadekar said that the education ministers of all states in a meeting, have jointly decided that students should not be allowed to reach Class 9 without first clearing Class 5 and Class 8 examinations. The Union HRD minister also added that students have been affected by the no detention policy. The minister said ”The policy of the previous government was to take all students along, as there were no examinations many government schools became mid-day meal school where students came only for the meals offered by the schools.
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The Union Minister also said, ”We want to improve the quality of education imparted to students. Knowledge is a part of education, the other part is imparting skills. We must impart skill as a part of education”.