New Delhi: The Delhi government on October 7, 2022, issued a new promotion policy for classes V and VIII, following the 2019 amendment in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) 2009 by the parliament, which allows states to determine the conditions under which students could be held back. These guidelines will be implemented from the academic session 2023-24.
The academic authority of the Delhi Government, State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) has prepared new examination guidelines and promotion policy to be enforced from the academic session 2023-24 for classes III to VIII which is child-centric in nature and focuses on the holistic development of students. It clearly explains the mode and manner in which a child can be held back in classes V and VIII.
These new assessment and promotion guidelines prepared by SCERT Delhi were released by the Directorate of Education (DoE) for all government, local bodies and private schools in Delhi on October 7, 2022. According to these new guidelines, assessment of children's learning in classes V and VIII will include mid-term and annual examinations as well as co-curricular activities. These co-curricular activities include project-based activities, portfolio, child's participation in the classroom, participation in activities like theater, dance, music, sports, child's attendance, etc. Under these new assessment guidelines, if a child is unable to pass class V or VIII, he/she will get another chance to improve the performance within 2 months through re-examination.
On this, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “The 'No Detention Policy’ was very progressive but due to lack of preparation, the education system could not take full advantage of it. But we need to prepare such a system to lay a strong foundation at the elementary level which works on the holistic development of a child, and the learning should be of such a level that there is no need for detention.”
He added, "Keeping the holistic development of children in mind, SCERT, Delhi has released new assessment guidelines. Through these guidelines, our aim is not to stop any student from getting promoted to the next class, because a child never fails, it is the system that fails. Through these guidelines, our real aim is to bring the same degree of seriousness in elementary grades as for class X and XII.”
Guidelines of Examination and Promotion issue by the academic authority SCERT
These guidelines will be implemented in all the government, government-aided, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Cantonment Board and recognized unaided schools within NCT of Delhi from the Academic session 2023-24.
Passing criteria for Class V and VIII