If CABE which is the topmost body that is responsible for advising centre and states on education sector accepts a proposal the children from nursery to class X would get free and compulsory education under RTE Act. The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is waiting for the report from its sub-committee which is currently undergoing the aspects of Right to Education (RTE) Act expansion till Class X in government run schools.
The committee is also undergoing review of the controversial no-detention policy in their meeting which would be chaired by the HRD Minister Smriti Irani on August 19. The decision of no-detention of students had earlier created furor among the faculty and teachers alike. The meeting is supposed to be an ‘exhaustive deliberation’ on these two vital issues. All the education ministers from the state and union territories would be present at the meeting along with academicians and distinguished people from various related fields. According to the current RTE Act, children between six to fourteen years studying from class I to VIII gets free and compulsory education.
The CABE sub-committee had earlier submitted its report in 2012 when UPA government was in power at center and identified major issues related to the framework of education, qualification of teachers, age of children in secondary education and duration of secondary education. The panel on the matter of extension to pre-primary level had suggested that there should be child-centered pedagogy which includes pay-way method and holistic development of children. For extension of RTE the committee had proposed the assessment of existing infrastructure, appointment of additional teachers and recommended consultation with all stakeholders including state governments.
This time around CABE would also discuss on the report of another sub-committee on no-detention policy up to class VIII. The committee looking after the matter is being headed by Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bukkal, who is against the automatic promotion of students saying this has effected learning outcomes.