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Haryana to reintroduce board exams for Class V, VII

Ranjeet | Chandigarh |

Terming the no-detention policy under the Right to Education (RTE) Act "unscientific", the Haryana government on Thursday said that it intends to reintroduce board examinations for Class V and VIII in the next academic session beginning April.

Replying to a question during the on-going budget session of the Assembly, Education Minister Ram Vilas Sharma said that following the review of the no-detention policy, in-principal decision has already been taken to re-introduce examinations for students up to Class VIII.

"This (no-detention policy) unscientific law made children mentally free from the free of studies. But it didn't work in Haryana. So we have introduced monthly evaluation for the students," the minister said.

"The Union government is expected to soon amend the RTE Act to change the on-detention policy. After this, we will formally introduce the board examination for Class V and VIII," he added. When the opposition members asked the minister to clarify if the government will reintroduce the examination system in the 2017-18 academic session, Sharma said, "Yes, it will be done in the coming session."