With the concern to improve the deteriorating education system in Madhya Pradesh, the government has decided to re-introduce board examinations for classes V and VIII.
Since the proposal contravenes Right to Education Act (RTE), it mandates an amendment.
Section 30 of RTE Act says that no board examinations will be conducted for students till Class VII.
According to newspaper reports, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has sent a proposal to the Centre to repeal a section in the Right to Education Act. As per Section 30 of RTE Act, no board examinations would be conducted till class VIII.
The ministers in the state government, including school education minister Paras Jain, tribal welfare minister Gyan Singh and rural development minister Gopal Bhargava, have expressed concern over the depleting performance of school children in government schools and cite the absence of board examinations as the reason for it.
An education commission will also be set up suggesting improvements in the syllabus. The setting up of education commission is a recommendation by the Chief Minister.It will comprise experts who would recommend changes in syllabus to state government and other related matters. Minister of state Deepak Joshi said in a newspaper report that 39,000 vacancies of teachers in the state will be filled up through the commission.
The proposal for re-introduction was announced at a felicitation function on Teacher’s Day, wherein 12 teachers were given away Rs 25,000 each. Teachers conferred President’s Medals last year were also felicitated on the occasion.