Delhi Government has announced a new promotion policy for 5th and 8th class students. It says that they will not be promoted to the next grade unless they pass the annual exam. These guidelines should come into effect from the next academic year.

This is in line with the 2019 amendment to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. The RTE amendment allows states to define the conditions under which students can be denied promotion.

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“Under the new SCERT assessment guidelines, if a child fails the Class 5 and Class 8 exams, the child will be given an opportunity to retake the exam within two months of the declaration of results to improve their performance,” the government said, according to a report in The Hindu.

If they do not improve their performance the second time, they will be suspended for a year. Assessment will include mid-term and annual exams as well as co-curricular activities.

Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, said the no-detention policy introduced in the RTE Act was to protect the interests of students. Although this was a progressive step, it harmed the future of students as the education system could not take advantage of this policy.

To prevent further damage, the government abandoned the policy. Sisodia further added that the aim is to build the same level of seriousness in the students by the primary grades as by the senior grades.

Students must secure a minimum of 33 percent marks in each subject and a minimum of 25 percent marks in the midterm plus annual examinations to be declared as passed. This amendment came into effect after a careful analysis of results and patterns of results in Delhi government schools. The results of class 9 have suffered for quite some time. This was because students were automatically transferred from the 8th grade under the no-detention policy, the government said.

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