The new academic session may begin from June. Representational image/ file
In the wake of COVID- 19 pandemic, Gujarat education department has decided to promote all students of all schools across boards from Class 1 to 8.
The order also applies to all government, grant in aid and self financed schools affiliated to Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) that will promote students of Class 9 and 11.
This is the second time in the history of Gujarat after 1974 during the Navnirman Andolan that such a decision of mass promotion has been taken by the state government.
"The decision was under consideration for a few days now. Keeping the students' future in mind, we have decided to mass promote all students till Class VIII irrespective of board and school. GSHSEB affiliated school students of Class IX and XI will also be promoted" Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told the Indian Express.
While examinations of GSHSEB class 10 and 12 have recently concluded on March 21, exams of remaining classes were scheduled this month. Already, the evaluation of class 10 and 12 board exams has been put on hold till further orders.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama also said that the academic session which was schedule to commence on April 20 will now start in the month of June.
"This mass promotion will apply uniformly across all boards and schools for Classes 9 and 11 but for classes 1 to 8. Remaining schools will follow instructions from their respective boards," said secretary education Vinod Rao.
Ashwani Kumar secretary information and broadcasting department said the government will continue to keep all schools closed. "Students studying in classes I to VIII, IX and XI will be given mass promotions so that there is no fear of infections and they can stay in the safety of their homes," he said during an interaction with media persons on Tuesday.
Hoping that the examinations will commence soon, the education department has also recently started lessons for school students through private regional television channels to avoid loss of teaching hours.
Tuesday's order has also put on hold the education department's earlier decision notified on September 21,2019 of scrapping the 'no detention' policy under Right to Education Act 2009.
"The 2019 order has been put on hold for the academic session 2019-20 but it would be implemented in the academic session 2020-21,"the education departments order stated.
This year no student would be detained in Class 5 and 8 as announced earlier.
The education department's September 2019 order to be effective for academic session 2019-20 had stated that in accordance with Centre's amendment of RTE Act 2009 regarding no detention policy students of class V and VIII will have to appear for annual exams and repeat if they fail twice.