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PSEB won’t promote students failing in Classes V, VIII exams


PSEB won’t promote students failing in Classes V, VIII exams

Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 7

In a major change in the academic framework of school education, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has decided that students who fail to clear the annual examination of Classes V and VIII will not be promoted to the next class from the current academic session. However, they will be given one special chance within two months of the results of the examination.

Children who fail in the annual examination of Classes V and VIII will be provisionally promoted to the next classes. In case if they fail to clear the examination in the special chance also, they will be sent back to their previous classes, an official spokesperson said.

However, Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act underlines: “Prohibition of holding back and expulsion. No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education”.

The change in PSEB rules comes following an amendment in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment Act), 2019. The new rule will cover all students who will appear for their annual examination in March 2020.

Confirming the notification, Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said, “Under the existing conditions, children in this group of classes were being evaluated by the State Council of Educational Research and Training as per the conditions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. None of them, however, could be detained”.

Secretary (School Education) Krishan Kumar said, “During deliberations at department level, it was agreed that we need to maintain a minimum standard in school education. Not detaining students who do not know even the basics at the levels of Classes V or VIII made them unfit for senior classes”.

A senior official said, “We are only detaining students, not failing them. The entire effort was being made to ensure a minimum standard in school education”.

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