The Narendra Modi government is likely to amend review a few of the former government’s education policies which include no detention policy till Class VIII and making Class X Board exams optional in CBSE schools.
The two issues, pushed by former HRD minister Kapil Sibbal, are being strongly opposed from several state governments as they find the complete ban on exams till Class VIII not in the best interest of the child and all these policies are merely lowering the quality of children reaching Class X and are blamed for stifling spirit of competition among students.
HRD minister Smriti Irani had held the discussions on these issues to support the introduction of proper evaluation of children and doing away with no detention policy.
There was also a view to make X Board exams mandatory again. The decision, if reversed, could undo a slew of reforms initiated under the UPA regime.
According to the sources ,the HRD ministry was contemplating to amend the Right To Education Act after several states states including Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura objected to the provision of no detention, no examination policy till class VIII under RTE Act.
A sub-committee of CABE had recently submitted its report to Ms Irani, recommending reintroduction of the detention policy.