So a parent from Gujarat came to us, asking for advice over school not allowing the child to study further in the same school on account of being weak in a subject. Well, this is not really new. On the pretext of keeping good average scores, even famous schools these days are resorting to dirty tactics asking parents to look out for other options. In such a situation, it is important for parents to know about No-detention policy (commonly thought of as No fail policy) that was drafted in accordance to ‘Right to Education (RTE)’ act.
No-detention policy was enforced to ensure that students receive elementary education without any fear of failing. The policy prohibits schools from failing a child till class V (previously it used to be till class VIII, however it was revised towards end of 2018/beginning of 2019 to class V via Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019). Further, there is an additional provision that ensures that child who fails in between class V and VIII, is given another opportunity to clear the examinations within 2 months of the results.
In such cases, where schools are forcing parents to look out for other schools due to child’s weakness in studies, parents should communicate with the school mentioning to them about ‘No-detention policy’. If verbal communications don’t help, follow that up with written communication.
Last updated: August 25, 2019 at 18:56 pm