Detention Policy: Pros and Cons



Learning is focused on building primary & primitive concepts in one’s mind, this can help the people of any age group to develop an interest in learning and encourage them to study further with or without the fear of failure or improvements. Also with due these learning imparted to the students, some form of scrutiny must also be combined with it, in order to keep a track of the progress of the student to realize how much did the child understand.


The no-detention policy was introduced here as a part of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) under the Right to Education Act (RTE) in 2010. Under this policy students up to class 8 are automatically promoted without the fact that they must be held back even if they do not get a passing grade, but does implementing this policy actually help the child in the long run?


“My detention has been worth every second if only to prove my innocence to those who truly matter the most my countrymen” – Joseph Estrada


“We should not reverse the no-detention policy. By doing so, we will be both literally and figuratively failing our children” – Arjun Sanyal


“Detention made me suicidal and also made me physically attempt to end my life four times because I couldn’t see past those four walls” – Anonymous

STATISTICS – What Numbers have to Say?

  • The Economic Survey 2015-16 pointed out that only about 42% of students in class 5 (in government schools) are able to read a class 2 text.  This number has, in fact, declined from 57% in 2007.
  • The National Achievement Survey (2015) for class 5 has also revealed that performance of students, on an average, had gone down from the previous round of the survey conducted in 2014.


  • Since the introduction of no detention the annual dropout rate has halved (from 8.61% in 2006-07 to 4.34% in 2014-15), the retention rate has increased by 9% (74.92% in 2008 to 83.73% in 2014-15) and the transition rate (Primary to Upper Primary) has increased by 7%.

DESCRIPTION – Let’s take a Deep Dive

Truly said, children are the future of our nation, so it is of paramount significance from our side that we need to ensure proper nurturing of their minds. The ‘no detention policy’, under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, is one clause that a majority of the teachers resent. It states that until class VIII, no child can be held back or expelled from school. The no-detention policy tends to reduce the number of out-of-school children by giving them basic education in a safe environment.


The aim is to provide education without damaging students’ self-esteem and to reduce the social stigma that is associated with failure. Due to which the student might remain in the school long enough to earn a sustainable livelihood in addition to the nation will experience an increase in the student enrolment factor.


The detention policy ensures that there is a distinction between an average student and a good one, which enables a student to not have a half-hearted attitude towards education. Keeping this policy also ensures that a student understands the worth of working hard and acquiring knowledge. Summing it up we need to invest in better infrastructure and stronger teaching methodologies for any education policy to become a success.


  • No detention policy has its advantages too if we see examination, it is kept for testing a students ability, if that is not met then the student must be failed or should be asked to write an improvement against it


  • It is mandatory to move for the government to impart education to all age groups, correctly said if we want to move ahead in life then we must leave from currently where we are , so if a student is not promoted on the basis of his efforts then how will the institute allow to enter a new student to their class ?


  • Nowadays there are EDUCOMP smart classes reaching out in remote to remote areas to fulfil the need to imparting education everywhere, due to which chances for a student getting detained back to his/her previous classes have a very low probability ratio.



  • A student when gets to know that he/she will be promoted to a new class altogether, then one doesn’t take their teaching’s too seriously, resulting into dropping of the literacy rate ratio.


  • It is becoming a growing matter of concerns where schools, colleges are losing their uttermost significance of imparting knowledge and have become more of a mid-day meal venue, which has happened due to the slackness in the detention policy.


  • The education system is not prepared to support the Policy as CCE has not been properly implemented and inadequate emphasis has been given on teacher training.


Aggregating, we can say that rather than detaining a child for academic reasons we can find a specific skill set of the user and prepare a child on that. Needless to say, improving learning outcomes is the need of the hour. The government must focus on and improve the school education system and not punish the students for the shortfalls in the system.


We should work on shifting the academic system from being more academic centric to skill-centric. Also, the fear of examinations hurts a child’s developmental plans and does long-term damage which shouldn’t be the case after all its children who are the future of our nation!

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