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The no-detention policy might be scrapped from the next academic year as the policy has negatively impacted affected quality of basic education in the country, Union minister of state for human resources development Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Thursday.

“Many states have expressed worry over declining education quality due to the no-detention policy and supported to remove it. Eyeing this, a decision has been made where the Centre approved that the no-detention policy can be uprooted from the next academic year,” Pandey told the media at the BJP headquarters in Agartala.

The minister said the state governments will decide if they want to continue with the policy or remove it.

Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, no child admitted in a school will be held back in any class or expelled till the completion of elementary education covering classes 1 to 8.

“There has been a unanimous decision of withdrawing the no-detention policy from the Right to Education Act 2009,” the minister said.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to transform 20 universities of the country into world class ones and the ministry was working in this direction.

During his two-day visit, Pandey visited the Sanskrit Institute and the National Institute of Technology. He also assured to extend support for upgradation of the engineering institute.

Pandey also expressed pleasure over growing popularity of the BJP in the Left-ruled state. “I hope BJP will be the new parivartan (change) in Tripura in the 2018 assembly election,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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