Prakash Javadekar is set to initiate serious reforms in the education sector, after 100 days of taking over as HRD ministry. The HRD minister says he plans amendments to the UPA-era Right to Education Act and will re-examine the issue of foreign universities.
Talking about the position on the No-detention policy and scraping of Right to Education, he said, “Many states and people feel we have seen deterioration in education quality because in the RTE Act there was no mention of learning outcomes.”
“There is continuous evaluation happening on ground in many schools, then there is no learning happening, there is no examination and then there is no detention- so ultimately it has affected our education system. So on learning outcomes there is unanimity,” he said.
“I will definitely bring learning outcomes as part of RTE rules. Now as far as No detention is concerned, let CABE (Central Advisory Board of Education) take a call. Essentially it is a state issue. What we need to do is to see how to allow them if they want to do something,” added Javadekar.
Taking more on the issue, he said, “Amendment to the RTE Act can be done in two ways- one is that the Centre brings amendment to do away with that or Centre brings in amendment to allow states to take their call on No-Detention.”