The Delhi government has issued a new promotion policy for class 5 and 8 students and new examination guidelines for classes 3-8, which will come into effect from the academic session 2023-24, officials said on Friday.
Delhi government officials said that under the new assessment guidelines, students of classes 5 and 8 “will not be promoted to the next class” if they do not “pass” the annual examination.
The new assessment and promotion guidelines prepared by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) Delhi were released by the Directorate of Education (DOE) for all government, local bodies and private schools in Delhi on Friday.
As per the guidelines, assessment of children’s learning in classes 5 and 8 will include mid-term and annual examinations as well as co-curricular activities. Co-curricular activities include project-based activities, portfolios, child participation in the classroom, participation in activities such as theatre, dance, music, sports and child attendance.
According to SCERT’s new assessment guidelines, if a child is unable to pass class 5 or 8, he/she will get another chance to improve the performance within two months through re-examination.
“No child shall be expelled from school till the completion of elementary education. There shall be a regular examination in classes 5 and 8 at the end of every academic year,” the guidelines said.
It further said that the assessment of classes 3, 4, 6, and 7 will be done on the same examination pattern as of classes 5 and 8. The students of classes 3, 4, 6 and 7 will not be held back in the same class.
For classes 5 and 8, in order to be declared “Pass” at the end of the session for promotion to the next higher class, a student must secure at least 33 per cent marks in each subject during the session, according to the guidelines.
The promotion to the next higher class is also subject to the condition that a minimum of 25 per cent of marks must be scored in mid term plus annual examination,” the guidelines said.
It further said that in order to be declared “Pass” in re-examination, a student will have to secure at least 25 percent marks in the subjects and if a student does not secure at least 25 per cent, the student will be placed in the category of “essential repeat” — which means the student in this case will be held back in the same class during the next session.
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 devise such a system to lay a strong foundation at the initial stage,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
He further stated that 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. Our real aim is to bring the same degree of seriousness in elementary grades as for class X and XII,” the deputy chief minister added.
The guidelines will be implemented in all Government, Government Aided, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Cantonment Board and recognized unaided schools within the NCT of Delhi from the academic session 2023-24.