Directorate of Education (DoE) no-detention policy

No-detention policy behind 40 percent drop of in ninth class since 2011

New Delhi: Delhi Government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) officials believe that scrapping of the no-detention policy, which was implemented in 2011, will lead to major change in secondary level education System. The students who were made passed despite performing bad will now have to shell out more time with the books to pass the exam on it own.

One official on the request of anonymity said 2011 policy was preventing the schools from failing the students till Class eighth, which led to 40% drop in pass percentage in class ninth. Directorate of Education (DoE) stats show that in the year 2011-2012, the first year after implementation of a new policy under Right to Education Act, the class ninth pass out percentage was 95%. It fell down to  89% in the year 2012-2013 while in 2013-2014 the pass out percentage dipped to 55.96%. In the next academic year (2014-2015) the percentage further reduced to 51.74%.

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia has already welcomed the move taken by centre government. He said our their long pending demand is finally approved. When we came in power we passed this bill and sent it to the Human Resources Development Ministry. They take more than two years to pass it.

The Minister said we wanted to scrap the no-detention policy as we believed in a “stress-free learning” environment. No-detention policy was hurriedly taken decision and we are not prepared for it now. In the beginning, we need to make changes in the assessment process, which is being done. All the stakeholders in the education system need to be made accountable.

Take time to cure the Damage

Ajay Veer Yadav, general secretary of the Government Schools Teachers’ Association also hailed the move by saying it will improve the quality of education at school level.  It will take more than five to six years to undo the loss that education system has faced. The parents of government school children are mostly illiterate and do not understand the fact that it is the system which is passing their children on its own, not their children passing the exam with their efforts. Now their wrong impression will go vanish. They will have to spend the time to prod their children to study.

Advocate Ashok Aggarwal, working in the field of education said scrapping of no-detention policy won’t help as the governments failed to ensure the quality education. Despite the existence of the no-detention policy, the students of the private school have done well as the participation of schools and parents with the child is effective. 


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