amar ujala newspaper 04/11/2016

The Central Advisory Board for Education’s recommendation to amend the “no-detention“ clause in the Right to Education Act and reintroduce pass-fail system from Class V has struck a chord with the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination.

Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the council that conducts ICSE and ISC exams, said in Kolkata they would want to put in place a cumulative assessment system from Classes VI to XII, based on a comprehensive continuous evaluation process.

Arathoon hinted that once the Union cabinet ratifies the CABE recommendation and Parliament amends the RTE Act 2009, the proposal will be placed before council members for approval. “The council will advise all affiliated schools to re-introduce a detention system from Class VI. If it is a national policy , uniformity has to be maintained. We feel there should be a detention system in place. Teachers should be able to evaluate students instead of the current practice where everyone is promoted up to Class VIII,“ he said.

“If one state government agrees to abolish the no-detention policy and another decides to keep it, there will be no parity in the functioning of schools under CISCE. Moreover, there was a detention system in place before the RTE Act was promulgated,“ the council secretary added.

When pointed out that as per the constitution of the Council it does not have any authority over schools except conducting examination and offering affiliation, the secretary said: “To bring parity in the education system, we can always advise.“

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