Agartala, Oct. 25: The Tripura government favours continuation of the traditional pass-fail system and abolition of the “no-detention” system till Class VIII, introduced as part of the new education policy of the Centre.
This was revealed during a meeting with the sub-committee of the Union ministry of human resource development, which arrived here yesterday on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the impact of the policy introduced in 2009.
“When the system was introduced, we had opposed it because we feared it would have an adverse impact on the learning process of students. Our worst fears have come true over the past four years. Now, we want re-introduction of the pass-fail system and abolition of the ‘no-detention’ policy,” said school education minister Tapan Chakraborty.
The sub-committee comprising Haryana education minister Gita Vokkal, Bihar education minister P.K. Sahay, deputy secretary in the HRD ministry, A.K. Tiwari, and principal secretary of Haryana school education department, Subina Ranjan, among others, held a meeting with the minister, director of school education Pradip Chakraborty, additional director Biswarath Debbarma and director of State Council for Educational Research and Training Ratish Mazumder yesterday.
The team also visited a number of schools in Sadar sub-division.
During the meeting, the principal secretary of the school education department, Banamali Sinha, said Tripura would fully implement the provisions of continuous comprehensive evaluation system, which forms a part of the education policy, after creating “appropriate infrastructure”.
Vokkal expressed her satisfaction with Tripura’s performance in the education sector and suggested the BEd course be started in general degree colleges.
“We spend 20 per cent of our annual budget on education and the sub-committee will be glad to know that a state of our size has over 4,700 schools, 80,000 enrolled students and 42,000 teachers. Programmes like the mid-day meal are being implemented smoothly. But we are building 500 more kitchens for cooking meals,” he said.
Vokkal expressed her satisfaction with Tripura’s performance in the education sector and suggested the BEd course be started in general degree colleges as well. She said the team would submit its final report on the views from different states to the central board advisory committee after their final visit to Calcutta on November 28.