Private schools in Delhi worried about promotion policy | Latest Delhi News

Private schools in the capital have raised concerns over the Department of Education’s (DoE) revised promotion policy for students in grades 9 and 11, saying it dilutes the purpose of assessments by lowering the minimum grades required for promotion.

While the DoE has set a pass mark of 33% (33 out of 100) for the five core subjects, schools object to the provision of 15 grace points per subject, claiming that it effectively lowers the required passing mark. at 18 out of 100. .

Sudha Acharya, President of the National Progressive School Conference (NPSC) which has more than 120 Delhi schools as members, said: “The purpose of education is not just to promote children to the next class. If a child only gets 18 points after continuous assessment throughout the year, that means there is cause for concern. If students are not competent, they should not be promoted to the next class. »

A senior DoE official said the policy had been revised taking into account the Covid situation in the capital this year.

Under the revised policy released by the DoE on Friday, an extension of the 2020-21 promotion policy, promotions will be based on midterm (term-1) and annual (term-2) test scores. , in addition to marks obtained in internal evaluation, project, practical work or all together.

“Given the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Revised Promotion Policy 2020-21 is also extended for the 2021-22 academic session,” the DoE order said.

“A maximum of 15 grace points will be awarded to a student for achieving the required minimum of 33% marks in one or more subjects solely for promotion to the next higher class,” the DoE said.

The DoE circular says private schools can approach it for approval if they want to set different promotion criteria.

Acharya said that according to CBSE statutes, students must pass 33% of theory and practical tests for promotion. “Due to the Covid scenario, we realized the need for a lenient approach last year. But the situation has improved now, and we should not continue like this. Children will stop studying if they know they will automatically be promoted. It’s also demotivating for teachers,” said Acharya.

She said the NPSC will write to the CBSE for clarification on the promotion policy.

Another school administrator, who did not wish to be named, said he was also awaiting clarification from the CBSE. “CBSE still governs promotion policy in grades 9-12. Schools want to know who decides the policy. If the CBSE is in charge, then why haven’t we followed the usual criteria for a few years. We need clarity on the policy and who can decide it,” the school administrator said.

The DoE circular, however, said the necessary changes had been made to the promotion policy in accordance with the evaluation system published by the CBSE for the current academic year.

A senior DoE official said the promotion policy had simply been extended from last year. “As the situation is not significantly different this year, the department has decided to continue the policy…If schools have any concerns, they can write to the department,” the official said.

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