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Bill to end no-detention in schools in Lok Sabha


New Delhi : A bill to scrap the no-detention policy in schools till Class 8 under the Right of Education (RTE) Act was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Minister of State, Human Resources Development (HRD), Upendra Kushwaha presented the Right of Children

to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The bill was cleared by the Cabinet on August 3 and it proposes a provision which will allow states to detain students in Class 5 and Class 8 if they fail in the year-end exam.

The students will be given a second chance before they are detained, according to proposals in the Bill. Under the existing provisions of the RTE Act, students are automatically promoted to the next class till Class 8. This is one of key components of the RTE Act which came into force on April 1, 2010.