No-detention policy

The decision of the Delhi Government to remove the ‘no-detention policy’ — in existence till Class VIII — is based on a flawed understanding of school education. (“Amendment to school Act is good news for parents,” Nov.17). A fear of failure cannot be an acceptable stimulus for better learning among children. The re-introduction of detention will mean pushing out children with special needs and bringing back a process of admissions and promotion/detention which has been historically traumatic and discriminatory towards students.

We also need to ask how the government is going to ensure that those detained get a better learning environment, that they do not drop out and that they complete education up to Class VIII, as mandated by the Right to Education (RTE) Act. Since ensuring equal standards in education is not possible without correcting the wider inequalities, claiming that bringing back the policy of detention will raise standards is mischievous and barking up the wrong tree.

Firoz Ahmad, Sant Nagar, Delhi

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