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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 641
ANSWERED ON:  06.02.2017
No Detention Policy
HARISH CHANDRA MEENA
UDIT RAJ
DODDAALAHALLI KEMPEGOWDA SURESH
K. GOPAL
NALIN KUMAR KATEEL
Will the Minister of



HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-


(a) whether it is a fact that ''No Detention Policy'' has become contentious issue due to
deteriorating learning outcomes of students;
(b) if so, whether the Government is reviewing to scrap the policy considering its adverse
consequences and recommendation of the State Governments and if so, the details thereof;
(c) if not, the reasons therefor;
(d) whether it is a fact that Vasudev Devnani Committee has recommended that a child
should be given a chance before detention from class Fifth onwards and if so, the details
thereof; and
(e) whether the Government proposes to bring amendments in the Right to Education Act
in this regard and if so, the details thereof?


ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI UPENDRA KUSHWAHA)
(a) to (e): Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE)
Act, 2009 stipulates that ‘No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or
expelled from school till the completion of elementary education’. Thus, the policy covers
elementary stage of schooling covering classes 1 to 8.
In pursuance of a resolution adopted in the 59th meeting of the Central Advisory Board
of Education (CABE) held on 6th June, 2012, a Sub-Committee was constituted for assessment
of implementation of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in the context of No-
Detention provision in the RTE Act, 2009. The Sub-Committee submitted its report in August,
2014. The report of the Sub-Committee was placed before CABE in its meeting held on
19.8.2015, wherein it was decided to request all States/UTs to share their views on the No-
Detention policy. 28 States have shared their views on the No Detention policy out of which
23 States have suggested modification to the No Detention policy. The summary of the
responses received from State Governments on No-detention policy is annexed.
In pursuance of the decision taken in the CABE Committee meeting held on 19.8.2016,
another Sub-Committee under the Chairpersonship of Prof. Vasudev Devnani, Minister of
Education, Government of Rajasthan was constituted on 26.10.2015 inter-alia, to review the
feedback received from States/UTs on the ‘No-Detention’ policy. The recommendations of
the Committee are as under:
(i) There should be an examination at Class 5. It should be left to the States and UTs to
decide whether this exam will be at the school, block, District or State Level.
(ii) If a child fails then allow the child an opportunity to improve. There should be
additional instruction provided to children and the child should be given an opportunity
to sit for another exam. If the child is unable topass the exam in the second chance,
then detain the child.
(iii) At Classes 6 and 7, there should be a school based exam for students.
(iv) At Class 8, there should be an external exam. In case the child fails, the child should be
given additional instruction and then appear for an improvement exam. If fails again
then detain.
The matter regarding amendment to Section 16 of the RTE Act, 2009 is under the
active consideration of this Ministry.
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