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Delhi Government is working to reinstate the school detention policy.

In an effort to reinstate the detention policy at schools, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2022 have been modified, according to a circular from the Directorate of Education (DoE) in New Delhi. As soon as it is published in the gazette, it will take effect. The Delhi government will announce the terms under which a child may be kept back in his current class after the gazette notification.

The DoE has issued a circular stating that Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2022 has been amended, in a step towards bringing back the detention policy at schools.

The lieutenant governor “hereby makes the rule to alter the Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2011 in exercise of the authority given by Section 38, read with sub-section 3 of Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009.”

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According to the circular, the law could be known as the Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Rules, 2020. “The manner and conditions subjects to which a child can be held back under sub-section (3) of Section 16 will be notified by the government,” it added.

The RTE Act instituted the no-detention policy in 2009, requiring that all students up to Class 8 be promoted. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation was introduced to guarantee high-quality instruction, however it was abandoned in 2017 due to ineffective execution.

After Parliament revised the Act in 2019, the Delhi government gave its approval for the creation of a committee to examine the repeal of the no-detention policy.

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