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Meghalaya mulls action against schools detaining students in same class

“No school can detain students in the same class under a government order and also under the RTE. Action would be taken against violators,” Rymbui said.

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Shillong: Meghalaya Education Minister, Lakhmen Rymbui said action would be taken against schools who detain students in the same class violating a state government order and the Right To Education Act.

He said parents can file a complaint if their wards were detained in the same class.

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“No school can detain students in the same class under a government order and also under the RTE. Action would be taken against violators,” Rymbui said.

The Education Minister revealed that students of one school in the State Capital have been detained in the same class as they could not submit their online assignments in the absence of smartphones.

According to reports one of the schools has detained the school students in the same class and is unwilling to budge from its decision. The detained students are from class 1 to 3.

These students come from economically weaker sections of the society and many don’t possess a smartphone.

“My son has been detained in the same class because he was unable to submit his assignment on a smartphone,” a parent whose son was detained in class I of the school, said.

The state education department issued a notification months ago that no students can be detained in the same class, except students appearing in board examinations (class X and XII.)

Further under the RTE no student in elementary school from class I to class VIII can be detained in the same class as part of the no-detention policy. The objective of this policy is to minimize school dropouts and also allow students to learn without pressure of pass and fail.

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