Delhi government issues new promotion policy for Class III and VII students


New Delhi: The Delhi Government on 7th October 2022 issued a new promotion policy for Class V and VIII, following the 2019 Amendment to the Children’s Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 ) by parliament, which allows states to determine the conditions under which students might be retained. These guidelines will be implemented from the 2023-24 academic session.

The Delhi government’s academic authority, the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), has prepared new examination guidelines and promotion policy to be applied from the 2023- academic session. 24 for grades III to VIII, which are child-centred and focus on the holistic development of students. It clearly explains how and how a child can be retained in classes V and VIII.

These new assessment and promotion guidelines prepared by SCERT Delhi have been issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) for all governments, local bodies and private schools in Delhi on 7th October 2022. According to these new guidelines, the Assessment of children’s learning in grades V and VIII will include midterm and annual exams as well as extracurricular activities. These extracurricular activities include project-based activities, portfolio, child’s participation in class, participation in activities such as drama, dance, music, sports, child’s attendance, etc Under these new assessment guidelines, if a child is unable to pass V or VIII, they will have another chance to improve their performance within 2 months through reassessment.

On this, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “The ‘non-detention policy’ was very progressive, but due to a lack of preparation, the education system could not take full advantage of it. . But we need to prepare such a system to establish a solid foundation at the elementary level that works on the holistic development of a child, and the learning should be of such a level that there is no need for detention.

He added, “Keeping the holistic development of children in mind, SCERT, Delhi has issued new assessment guidelines. Through these guidelines, our aim is not to prevent a student from being promoted to the next class, because a child never fails, it is Through these guidelines, our real goal is to bring the same degree of seriousness in the elementary classes as for classes X and XII.

Examination and Promotion Guidelines issued by the SCERT Academic Authority

These guidelines will be implemented in all government schools, aided by the government, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Cantonment Board and recognized unaided within NCT Delhi from the 2023-24 academic session.

Terms of Service

  • No child can be expelled from school before the end of primary education.
  • There is a regular examination in classes V and VIII at the end of each academic year.
  • If a child fails the exam, he/she receives further instructions and a possibility of re-examination within two months from the date of declaration of the results.
  • The assessment of classes III, IV, VI and VII will be done on the same examination model as classes V and VIII. Students in classes III, IV, VI and VII will not be kept in the same class.
  • The academic session for classes III to VIII will be assessed in the form of mid-term exams (September/October) and annual exams (February and March).
  • A pen and paper based examination of Classes III to VIII will be conducted and will test the achievements of the Core Learning Outcomes, through the assessment of basic concepts and knowledge of national and local curricula as well as skills of relevant higher order and application of knowledge in real life situations, rather than rote memorization.
  • Scores for internal assessment will include assessment of subject enrichment, attendance, project-based activities, portfolio, multiple assessments, and periodic/unit testing.

Promotional Guidelines

Success Criteria for Classes V and VIII

  • In order to be declared “Pass” at the end of the session for passage to the next class, a student must obtain at least 33% of points in each subject he has studied during the session.
  • Promotion to the next higher class is also subject to the condition that a minimum of 25% of the points must be scored in the mid-term exams plus the annual exam.
  • In order to be declared “passed” in the re-examination, a student must obtain at least 25% of marks in the subject(s) in which he/she took the re-examination.
  • If a student fails to obtain at least 25% marks in the subject(s) in which he took the re-examination and a minimum of 33 points out of 100 in that subject(s) or does not appear in the Re-Examination, he /it will be placed in the “Essential Repeat” category. The student in this case will be retained in the same class for the following session.

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