Review ‘no-detention’, increase education budget: CABE

Chandigarh/New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) sub-committee has recommended to the Union HRD Ministry that a “no-detention” policy for school students till class eight should be reviewed.

The sub-committee has also recommended that six per cent of the GDP should be spent on education.

The CABE sub-committee chairman, Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema, said that the 189-page report of the committee was on Wednesday submitted to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi with recommendations on improving the school education sector.

In a statement after submission of the report Cheema said that the committee has recommended pre-primary classes in primary schools to improve the level of students belonging to government schools.

“Besides this, the committee also recommended the reviewing of ‘No Detention’ till eighth standard, apart from commencing fifth and eighth standard exams independently as was the case earlier,” Cheema said.

“While preparing the report, the expenditure by various countries on education was also compared, after which it was recommended that a minimum of six per cent of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) should be spent on education,” he added.

“The committee has also recommended spending more on elementary/primary education besides having a head for every school compulsorily,” he said.

Significant aspects of the recommendations made in the report were also considered in the meeting with the HRD minister, Cheema said.

The recommendations of the report would be debated in the annual meeting of CABE to be held on October 25 in which all the school education and higher education ministers of all the states would take part.

The committee recommended that a recruitment calendar is needed to be prepared in advance in order to ensure that no post remains vacant in the wake of superannuation.

“The committee has also recommended the constitution of a committee of academic experts to review the course syllabus, duration of course and practical training in vogue at present to become a teacher,” he pointed out.



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