The Delhi government has abolished its previous “no detention” regulation in favour of a new promotion policy that states that children in classes 5 and 8 will not be promoted if they do not pass the yearly exams. The “no detention policy,” according to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, was highly advanced, but the educational system was not ready to fully benefit from it.
He stated that the government’s goal with the new regulations is to bring the “same degree of seriousness” to classes 10 and 12. The “no-detention policy” was implemented in 2009 as part of the Right To Education Act, and it required that all pupils up to and including class 8 be promoted. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation was intended to guarantee high-quality instruction, however it was abandoned in 2017 owing to ineffective execution.
After Parliament revised the Act, the Delhi government approved the creation of a committee in 2019 to investigate the repeal of the no-detention policy. “If a child is unable to pass class 5 or 8, he/she will get another chance to improve the performance within two months through re-examination,” the new assessment guidelines of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) said.
The standards state that a student must obtain at least 33% in each topic in order to be certified “pass” at the end of the session. According to the standards, receiving a minimum of 25% on both the midterm and annual exams is a requirement for advancement.
In order to be certified “pass” in the re-examination, the student must receive at least 25% of the possible points in the subject(s); otherwise, he or she will be put in the “essential repeat” category and kept back in the same class for the next session. In addition to a midterm and yearly exams, pupils in classes 5 and 8 will also be evaluated on their extracurricular activities, under the instructions issued by the Directorate of Education on Friday.
Project-based activities, portfolio work, classroom engagement, involvement in extracurricular activities including athletics, dance, and music, and attendance are all considered co-curricular activities. Beginning with the academic year 2023–2024, the policies will be applied to all government-run, government-aided, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Cantonment Board, and recognised unaided schools in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.