Detaining a child in the same class will have adverse conquences – Ambarish Rai

Detaining a child in the same class will have adverse conquences – Ambarish Rai

“The consequence of detaining a child in the same class works adversely on the child’s psyche and has an deep impact on his/her self-esteem. It’s a very unfortunate move which will impact all children...

Detaining a child in the same class will have adverse conquences – Ambarish Rai

“The consequence of detaining a child in the same class works adversely on the child’s psyche and has an deep impact on his/her self-esteem. It’s a very unfortunate move which will impact all children, particularly those belonging to most marginalised communities”

New Delhi, 18 July, 2018.  RTE Forum strongly condemns the passing of ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha today which scraps the ‘No detention’ provision. Mr. Ambarish Rai, National Convener, RTE Forum said that "No Detention withdrawn by the Govt of India In parliament today will punish millions of children despite systemic failures and non-implementation of RTE Act.”
 Mr. Rai said that thre is no established cause-effect link between "learning levels" and "no detention policy". “It is the poor quality of education, lack of infrastructure, teacher vacancies and the presence of untrained teachers that may have an effect on learning outcomes.   No detention clause, one of the most critical parts of RTE Act, now pulled out, has put the entire RTE Act at risk of disintegration.  The greatest negative impact will be on disadvantaged groups, first generation learners and Adivasi students along with the girl children,”he said.
He also said that this bill has been introduced on the pretext of impacting learning outcome but the govt. didn’t bother ever to implement CCE (Coninuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) on ground.
“It must be noted that the consequence of detaining a child in the same class works adversely on the child’s psyche and has an impact on his/her self-esteem. It often affects the child’s motivation to continue in school which results in drop-out or rather, being pushed out of the school system,” Mr. Rai added.
Mr. Ambarish Rai further reminded that even after 8 years of the enactment of the RTE Act, the school compliant with RTE norms and standrads is only 8% which is a shame on a democratic welfare state. But instead of deleivering on the responsibilities, the state is going on the other way to weaken the minimum rights provided by the Constitution.

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