Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE), the apex advisory body on education has recommended amending the Right to Education (RTE) Act to give freedom to states to decide on the 'no detention policy' in schools. 'No detention policy' has become a contentious issue as there has been a significant deterioration in learning outcomes of school students.
'If you look at various national surveys, there has been a deterioration in learning outcomes of children', HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said at a briefing after the CABE meeting.
While RTE does talk about learning outcomes, there are no exact parameters in the act.
"We will codify learning outcomes in the RTE Act which will specify what all a child of first standard or second standard should know," said Javadekar.
Under the no detention policy of RTE Act, as of now, state government schools cannot fail any student till class 8. The move was brought about by then HRD minister Kapil Sibal in 2010.
The government also plans to fix accountability and improve quality standards in education. Currently, there are five lakh untrained teachers, and government has given a timeline of 2019 to states to get them trained.
To give further impetus to prime minister's beti bachao, beti padhao, the government has decided to constitute a sub-committee of CABE under Kadiyam Srihari, education minister of Telangana to look into the issues of girl's education.
All these were discussed during the 64th meeting of the CABE.