June 26, 2018

The first draft of the new education policy (NEP) by the eight-member committee headed by Dr. Kasturirangan, is expected to be released by the end of December after a prolonged delay. The scrapping of the no-detention policy (NDP) where ‘‘no child shall be required to pass any Board examination till completion of elementary education,” is another debatable topic. According to Angela Taneja, Director, Education, CARE India, “The scrapping of no-detention policy will penalise students for the shortcomings of the education system where even basic requirements such as quality education, skilled teachers and proper monitoring are not being provided. In such a scenario, if the no-detention policy is scrapped, it will only increase the rate of school dropouts, while violating the Right to Education for children.”

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