CBSE Private Schools seek clarity on Delhi DoE’s Class 9, 11 Promotion Policy

Delhi’s Directorate of Education, DoE, revised the Class 9 and 11 promotion policy, and now students need 18 marks out of 100 to get promoted for the next class. Following this, Over 5,000 private schools have written to the Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE seeking clarity over DoE’s revised promotion policy.

As per a PTI report, Bharat Arora, the General Secretary of the Action Committee of Unaided Recognized Private Schools, wrote a letter to the CBSE chairman and expressed the concern of over 5,000 private schools. The letter reads: “The minimum required marks for the students are 33 out of 100 for the main five subjects where students will be granted 15 marks as grace marks, effectively reducing the passing marks to 18 out of 100,” he said.

As per the DoE’s circular, private schools can approach and present different promotion criteria. Private schools said that this would lead to a rift between parents and school. The parents can raise objections over this decision that private schools are implementing their policies rather than what the government has decided.

DoE revised the promotion policy of Class 9 and 11 on Friday, March 12, 20222. As per the updates policy, promotions will be based on marks obtained in term-1, annual exams that are term-2, and marks received in internal assessment, project, practical, or all taken together to evaluate the students. This policy is the extended version of the 2020-21 promotion policy adopted by the schools given the COVID-19 pandemic. Raising objections to this new promotion policy, private schools have asked for clarity from the board, “who is responsible for promoting students DoE or CBSE?”

The letter written to CBSE further reads: “As the situation is getting back to normal… and schools are employing all their resources to provide the finest education, Extension of the 2020-21 promotion policy will only demoralize children and teachers, knowing that they will be automatically promoted. We wish to suggest appraisal of the decision of Extension of the Revised Promotion Policy 2020-21.”

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