Northeast ministers’ meet to discuss new education policy

Agartala, Sep 15 (IANS) Education ministers of all eight northeastern states will meet in Agartala on Friday to discuss the country’s proposed education policy, an official said on Tuesday.

“Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani would preside over the one-day meeting of education ministers of northeastern states on September 18,” Tripura education department secretary Samarjit Bhowmik told reporters.

He said: “The proposed national education policy would be discussed in the meeting. All the northeastern states would give their views about the proposed education policy.”

The official said that Friday’s meeting would be the follow up meeting of 63rd meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) that was held in New Delhi on August 19.

Tripura Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said that in the CABE meeting, most northeastern states wanted to remove the ‘no-detention policy’ at the elementary school level (up to class eight).

Chakraborty told reporters: “The eight north-eastern states along with most states of the country are not only against the ‘no-detention policy’ but are also in a awkward position due to the lack of trained teachers even though the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009, made this mandatory.”

He said that the CABE meeting had decided that the states would formally provide their views to the central government on ‘no-detention policy’, in writing.

“However, we (Tripura) and most of the other states want to continue the CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation). The CCE system should continue up to class ten standard,” he added.

CCE refers to a system of school-based assessment that covers all aspects of students’ development.

The minister said that the Left Front government strongly supported the plan for a new education policy, a process initiated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance government.

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