Earlier, no student was detained till class VIII, but the rule was reversed by the central government in 2019. The Centre claimed that comprehensive evaluation of students was not happening which made it necessary to bring changes. The Union government, however, left it to the states to take a decision.
School education minister Govind Singh Dotasra said, “The amendment has been published in the gazette. We have decided to conduct the board examination in classes V and VIII. Supplementary examination will be conducted within 60 days of the results of classes V and VIII. Any student failing in class V supplementary exam will be promoted, but this will not be applicable in class VIII supplementary examination. No student will be expelled from school before completing elementary education.”
This will be applicable from next year as due to pandemic classes V and VIII board examination wasn’t held this year and students were directly promoted.
Vice-president of Rajasthan Primary and Secondary Teachers’ Union Vipin Sharma said, “This is a welcome step. Many students in class VIII standard are not able to solve Class V mathematics problems. This decision will check the calibre of students and will motivate them to study harder especially for class X board exam.”
Meanwhile, some government teachers were of the view that this may lead to more dropouts. “The sole purpose to promote students till class VIII was that it will help students to study without any demotivation. With this amendment, it will increase dropouts as most of the students in government schools belong to economically weaker sections,” said a government teacher.
Currently, around 11.5 lakh students appear for class VIII board examination and around 13 lakh students for class V board examination.