The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination seems
to have consented to Central Advisory Board for Education's recommendation to rectify
the "no-detention" clause in the Right to Education Act and introduce
the pass-fail system again from Class V onwards.
The chief executive and secretary of the council, Gerry Arathoon said that
they are contemplating to introduce a cumulative assessment system based on a
comprehensive continuous evaluation process, from classes VI to XII.
Arathoon’s comments also suggested that once the CABE recommendation gets
ratified by the Cabinet ratifies and the Parliament amends the RTE Act 2009,
this proposal will be put before the council members for approval. "The
Council will advise all affiliated schools to re-introduce a detention system
from Class VI. If it is a national policy, uniformity has to be maintained. We
feel there should be a detention system in place."
"Teachers should be able to evaluate students instead of the current
practice where everyone is promoted up to Class VIII without any
detention," he said.
"If one state government agrees to abolish the no-detention policy and
another decides to keep it, there will be no parity in the functioning of
schools under CISCE," the council secretary added.
When Arathoon was questioned regarding the authority of the council over
schools as per its constitution which authorises the council only to conduct
examination and offer affiliation, the secretary replied: "To bring parity
in the education system, we can always advise."