Amendments to RTE Act 2019 - Rationale and Limitations (Download PDF)

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An amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act has been approved by the Lok Sabha. No student could be held back/failed in a class until the end of elementary education i.e.. Standard 8th Regular examination in classes V and VIII. To give a child additional opportunity to take re-examination within 2 months in case a child fails. it՚s up to the states to decide whether to continue the no-detention policy.

Rationale by the Govt

  • A move to rebuild our education system.
  • Detention has not led to falling standards of educational achievement.
  • The status of that of the Supreme Court judge has now been assigned to the Central Information Commissioner.
  • Students in the age group of 14 to 18-lack foundation skills such as reading a text in their own language or solving a simple arithmetic division.
  • This would bring accountability among teachers in elementary education system and real motivation to students.


  • Dilution in the RTE Act-Erode a major constitutional achievement.
  • Formative learning phase β€” The Act provides for the continued presence of the child in school.
  • NITI Aayog – Detention in elementary schooling would increase the dropout rate.
  • Those dependent on govt. institutions would be impacted the most like Dalits and Poor.
  • Learning Outcomes- Number and quality of teachers for continuous assessment and active engagement of parents and the community in encouraging excellence.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 6, 2020

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