Government considering to waive year-end exam for German language students in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani

NEW DELHI: The HRD Ministry may, as a one-time exception, offer to waive the year-end examination for students studying German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. The government is expected to state this in its response to the apex court on Friday, officials said.

According to sources, the ministry is likely to stick to its stand on dropping German for Sanskrit mid-session. The apex court had given the ministry a week's time to reconsider its decision and implement the change from the new academic session in the schools run by the central government to save students from any inconvenience.

The government, as a concession to the 50,000 odd affected students, has decided to teach only entry-level Sanskrit to students of Class VI, VII and VIII for the remaining part of the academic session. But officials, who spoke to on the condition of anonymity, said that in wake of the court's intervention the ministry could offer to either dilute the entry-level syllabus even further or waive off the year-end (pen-and-paper) examination on Sanksrit for the affected students. In case the government opts for latter, students will be evaluated based on classroom activities.

Review 'no-detention' policy: Education panel to government

Exam time

NEW DELHI: An education panel constituted by CABE, the highest decision-making body on education in the country, has recommended the government to review the no-detention policy till class VIII under the RTE Act which has come under a lot of criticism.

This in effect could mean that the scheme of automatic promotion in primary school could come to an end from the coming academic session, amid reports suggesting that 60 per cent of students in Class 3 were not able to read the books prescribed for Class 1.

Recently, during an interaction, students had complained to HRD Minister Smriti Irani that automatic class promotions had fostered a "laid back attitude" and also demanded bringing back class X board examinations.

The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is expected to take a final call on this when it meets shortly after Winter Session of the Parliament comes to an end in December.

Some states including Karnataka have already announced to go ahead with class examinations from the coming academic session.

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