Spare the child. Change the adult!

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The Lok Sabha on 18th July passed the amendment seeking revocation of ‘no detention’ policy in classes 5 and 8, enabling states now to allow schools to fail the child if he/she fails in either or both classes and withhold their promotion to the next standard.

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar moved the ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017’, which sought for regular examination in classes 5 and 8.

The original Act stipulated that no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education


This is so cruel. Children don't have voice and no vote. 

The CCE pattern establish earlier on by the CBSE was excellent in spirit, but couldn't be implemented well as it requires huge amount of training and manpower.

It calls for a change in the mindset of educators who need to think beyond pass and fail. Teachers are underpaid and over worked. We do not have good teacher training institutes. B.ed colleges are in a mess. No one willingly becomes a teacher. The Kendriya vidyalayas don't take teachers on permanent vacancies. 

Instead of addressing all these issues and revamping the education system, what do we do? We decide the child is not upto the mark and hence we can detail the child. Schools will once more focus on passing and memory based learning. The key aspects of education- critical thinking ,creativity and innovation will be tossed out.

Spare the child. Reform the teacher. Focus on teacher training and teacher development. Pay Teachers well enough so that strong people will want to come I to education and make the change.