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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Panel to schools: Can’t group students as per ability, marks


Panel to schools: Can’t group students as per ability, marks

Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 12

The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has directed the schools to stop the illegal practice of grouping students on the basis of their academic performance and capability.

While deciding a complaint against a Faridkot-based private school, the commission said the grouping of students of a class as “high, average and low” on the basis of marks secured by them in the previous class, was a violation of law and the child rights.

This discriminatory attitude is objectionable as the school is creating an unsavoury and hostile environment for children, the commission said in its order.

The direction came after the parents of a student alleged that the school was dividing students of a class in different sections on the basis of their score in the previous class.

The complainant alleged that the school was conducting virtual classes only for the “top” section “high-ability” students and other students – considering them as of “lower ability” — were ignored. For this discrimination, many students were facing depression and developing inferiority complex.

Calling it an illegal practice, the commission directed the school to reshuffle all students within 10 days, making a healthy mixing of children from all backgrounds possessing various talents and abilities so that the children learn and interact with each other in a conducive environment free from pressure. The commission asked the deputy commissioner to ensure compliance of the orders in all schools.

While the school principal admitted that this practice of classification of the students on the basis of their previous year result had been on for the past over 45 years, the commission said it was detrimental to the mental health of the students.

The school authorities claim that mixing all students in a class is problematic for merit holders. These students have to hit the pause button on their learning until other students catch up and in this highly competitive era, there is not time for a pause, they claim.


The order 

Under the Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE), every child has the right to full-time elementary education and equitable quality in a formal school. Children’s rights include survival, development, protection and participation. Education is an important part of the child’s right to development. If the school willfully neglects a student it will cause mental suffering to him which is a serious violation of the RTE Act, the order reads.

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