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No Detention Policy of HRD

July 11, 2017 General Alakananda Das Ranjan

Education is one of the vital elements which pave the way to success. Therefore a strong and efficient education system is very essential for overall development of an individual. In India the education system is guided by the Human Resource Department. The department is responsible for developing various policies and schemes in the field of education.

One such policy which was initiated was the ‘No detention policy’. This policy was initiated to ensure that no student is detained in a particular academic class for more than one year. This policy was made mandatory from class one to lass eight. The policy was initiated under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which was passed in 2009. The objective of the policy was to ensure that majority of the children under the age group of 14 years enrol themselves under the compulsory education scheme. It also aimed at decreasing the school dropout rate of students, especially in the rural areas. Another objective of the policy was to free students in lower classes of examination fear and stress. However the policy had some adverse effects such as:

  • Students became less carefree about their studies and exams. They felt whether they study or not they will be promoted to higher standards.
  • Teachers had to promote all types of students both bright and average students who do not put in efforts in their studies.
  • Students who don’t put in effort in their studies and are promoted gain no knowledge when they get promoted to higher standards they fail as they are weak in their basics.
  • This system has no scope of assessment of the students actual performance and their progress, students are passed eve if they are slow learners or poor performers.
  • This policy has been helpful in reducing the dropout level but it is not of much help when a student’s actual knowledge or performance is to be assessed.
  • It had been assessed that standard of education of the country’s schools had detonated drastically.

All these loopholes forced HRD to reconsider the policy. And it was decided that this policy of ‘No Detention’ will be removed in the coming academic session. The decision was taken after lots of pressure from educational institutions, teachers and educational experts, who felt that the education standards and performance of the students had descended on a whole. Through blind promotion students were hardly gaining any fundamental knowledge and they were becoming less serious about their studies.

The TSR Subramanian Committee had suggested that this policy should be applicable till class V, and form class VI onwards examinations should be conducted to assess the progress and performance of the students. However seeing the detonating condition of the standard of education in schools HRD has decided to do away with this policy in the next academic session.

However this decision has been opposed by some educational experts who feel that this will bring back examination fear and stress in students, which may have adverse effects like childhood anxiety, depression and suicides. On the other hand other experts feel that students will become more focused on their studies and performance once this policy will be removed. One can assess weak students and provide them extra guidance to enhance their performance and also identify bright students and provide them incentives and opportunities to achieve higher. Screening of students at lower classes will also ensure that their basics are stronger and they are gaining the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the subjects. Based on these the child will perform better in the higher classes also.


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