Class 5 and 8 to soon have detention policy

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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Centre will soon introduce a detention policy for students in classes 5 and 8 with an aim to inspire students and make them more innovative in their approach towards study. The Centre has already got consent of 25 states in this regard, said Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday.

A bill has been tabled in Parliament in this regard with the passing of which states can conduct examinations for students in Class 5 and 8 in March across all boards.

The detention policy for students in classes 5 and 8 with support from states would be introduced soon. If any student fails, he or she will be given one more chance to clear the exam in May.

The detention policy for students in classes 5 and 8 with support from states would be introduced soon. If any student fails, he or she will be given one more chance to clear the exam in May.

However, failure in both the attempts would lead to detention. This will help making the students more ‘inquisitive and innovative’ in their approach to studies, said Javadekar.

In a meeting attended by education ministers of all states, it was decided that the students could not be allowed to go to the upper classes without qualifying in class 5 and 8 exams and the power to retain the students would be with the states, the minister added.

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The decision of the government came against the backdrop of the degrading level of education and the increasing cases of dropouts, especially in government schools where it has been found that students are coming to school only during meals and leave thereafter, sources said.

It is worth mentioning that 3.06 lakh children reportedly left schools after primary stage during 2009-14 in Odisha alone.

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