New Delhi: As many as 25 states have
abolished conduct of board examinations till the completion of
the elementary education.
This step by the different state boards in keeping
with the provisions of the Right To Education Act would ensure
that no child shall be held back, expelled or required to
pass a board examination until completion of elementary
education, said officials in the HRD Ministry.
States which have abolished the practice include
Delhi, Gujarat, Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,
Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal,
Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education
came into effect from April 1, 2010.
Some of the Sarva Sikshya Abhiyan norms were also
revised to correspond with the provisions of the RTE ACT.
The government has financially committed Rs .2.31 lakh
crore over a five-year period from 2010-11 to 2014-15 for the
smooth implementation of RTE.
Elementary education means eight years of schooling
from the age of six.