Government likely to make annual exams necessary for students of classes 5 and 8

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The government announced on Thursday that it has become compulsory for the students studying in classes 5 and 8 to appear for annual examinations.

 "Under the CCE framework, schools and respective governments are free to conduct periodic examinations for children of all levels," said the Minister of State for Human Resource Development.

The ‘No Detention Policy’ will be amended under the RTE Act for which the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) got agreed in October. This policy will permit the state governments to take decision on commencing annual examinations for the students of class 5 and 8.

According to 'No Detention Policy', candidates up to class 8 will get promoted to the higher class even if they will not pass the exam with good grade.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha said, "According to an annual survey by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on the learning achievement of children in classes 3, 5, 8 and 10, there is a need for significant improvement in learning levels."

In a written reply, he said, "The survey also noted that the learning level of children depends on several factors, including socio-economic, socio-geographic, the educational background of the students, availability of basic infrastructure/amenities in schools, availability of trained and competent teachers in the schools and so on."  

Upendra Kushwaha said that, “Section 29 of the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009  says that the schools and respective governments have the liberty to conduct periodic examinations for children of all levels.”

"Under the CCE framework, schools and respective governments are free to conduct periodic examinations for children of all levels," he added.