Maharashtra's Education Act Amendment 2023: Redefining Annual Evaluation for Standards 5 and 8


Content Team at Target Publications

 Maharashtra's Education Act Amendment 2023

Exciting news, folks!

Hold onto your textbooks, as the Standard 5 and Standard 8 Annual Exams will be held from this year onwards.

The Government of Maharashtra recently introduced an amendment to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, on May 29, which was aimed at enhancing the educational system in the state further.

Previously, the Right to Education Act stated that although students must be evaluated and their educational progress must be improved, schools were obligated to promote students from Standard. 1 to 8.

With the new amendment, significant changes to the Act have been implemented. Let's delve into the key provisions of this amendment and explore its details.

The Key Provisions Of the Act: Everything You Need to Know

The new amendment, also known as the Maharashtra Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Rules of 2023, brings about changes to the rules governing the admission, examination, and promotion of students to the next standard. The following are the key provisions of the Act:

Age-Appropriate Admission and Promotion: Defined by the Government of Maharashtra

Following are the significant changes introduced by the amendment is the provision for age-appropriate admission and promotion of students.

  • Children will now be enrolled in age-appropriate classes up to the Standard 5
  • To gain admission to Standard 6 to 8, it becomes compulsory for students to pass the annual examination prescribed for Standard 5.
  • This provision ensures that students possess the necessary foundational knowledge before progressing to higher classes, which can contribute to better academic performance and overall learning outcomes.

The Big Test: Annual Exams and More!

The amendment emphasises the importance of regular assessment through annual examinations. Under the new rule, there will be annual examinations at the end of the Academic year for the Standard 5 and 8. The State Council of Educational Research and Training, Maharashtra (Academic Authority), will be responsible for determining the format and procedure of these examinations, including re-examinations and evaluations. This standardised approach to assessment aims to maintain consistency and fairness in evaluating students' progress and achievements.

Second Chance: Never Give Up!

In case a student fails to pass the annual examination, the amendment mandates the provision of additional supplementary guidance for the respective subjects. The students who do not succeed in the first examination will be re-examined within two months of the declaration of the results. This shows the commitment of the education system to support struggling students. The aim is to provide students with an opportunity to improve their understanding and skills.

Retention: Stay Cool, Stay in School!

It's all about building a strong foundation and making sure nobody gets left behind. To ensure that no child's education is disrupted prematurely, the amendment introduces the concept of retention. So, if you fail the re-examination after receiving supplementary guidance, then you will be held back in the same Standard (5 or 8) instead of being promoted to the next Standard. Additionally, the amendment explicitly states that no child shall be expelled from school until the completion of elementary education, reinforcing the principle of inclusivity and creating a supportive environment for all learners.

To Conclude:

The Maharashtra Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Rules, 2023, represents a significant step towards enhancing the quality of education in the state. By implementing age-appropriate admission, annual examinations, supplementary guidance, and retention, Maharashtra aims to cultivate academic excellence and provide the necessary support to students. It's time to embrace these changes and get ready for an exciting educational journey. With these amendments, the state is paving the way for a brighter future for its students.

Start preparing early for the annual exams with Target’s Standard 5 and Standard 8 books!

Wish you the best of luck!


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