Pass all-students Class VIII from-this-session
Maharashtra State pass all students till Class VIII (8th) from this session.
There will hopefully not be another Shams Merchant. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which came into force from April 1, has a clause which makes it clear that no student between the ages of 6-14 can be expelled or held back in any class.
Merchant (14), a Class VII student, hanged himself at his Millat Nagar residence in Mumbai on Thursday after learning he had failed for the second time in the same class. Under the provisions of the new landmark legislation on education, no child admitted in a school will be held back in any class or expelled from the school till the completion of elementary education from the ensuing academic session. “We are duty-bound to implement the legislation, and at the same time, we will take adequate care of weak students. From this academic session onwards, no student will fail, at least up to elementary education,” Balasaheb Thorat, school education minister, told TOI on Friday. About Merchant, the minister said, “The case was brought to my notice, it was unfortunate.”
The basic thrust of the new law is to ensure that no student is left out of school.
It makes free and compulsory education a fundamental right for all children between 6 and 14.
“We are drafting a new strategy for the purpose. We will identify weak students, and impart special training to teachers to tackle such students. Of course, the students will have to appear for the unit test and quarterly and half yearly examination, but at the same time, we will ensure that the student is adequately prepared for the examination,” Said Balasaheb Thorat, school education minister.
Students with learning disabilities or other problems will be evaluated separately and the evaluation process will be continuous to keep an update of their performance,” said Ravindra Bhise, acting deputy director of the education department.
The Act also makes it compulsory for every school to have a playground. “Arrangements will be made to make sure that every student will have access to a ground for recreation purposes,” the minister added.
The RTE Act was recently discussed in the Assembly and soon after, a meeting was organised in Pune with educationists, NGOs from all over Maharashtra and central government leaders. “Maharashtra has been a pioneer in education and we intend to keep it that way. We got together in Pune to discuss the various changes that need to be made before implementing this Act in full force. There will be a lot of the earlier clauses that need to repealed and all this will take some time,” said Thorat.
Courtesy Times of India
Link to The right to Free Education act
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009