October 19, 2016 | UPDATED 20:45 IST
New Delhi, Oct 19 (PTI) A sub-committee of the central advisory board of education today recommended reviewing the governments "No Detention policy till 8th standard" apart from reintroduction of class 5 and 8 standard exams independently. The panel, headed by Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema, also recommended introduction of pre-primary classes in primary schools to improve the level of students in government schools and increase the spending on education to 6 per cent of the GDP as in other countries. The 189-page report was handed over by Cheema to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in the presence of HRD Joint Secretary-cum-member secretary of the committee Maneesh Garg and a committee member J B G Tilak, who is also the Vice Chancellor of NUEPA. The Punjab Education Minister was made the Chairman of CABE (Central Advisory Board of Education) sub-committee formed for the purpose of improving the lot of government schools in country.
In a statement after submission of the report, Cheema said that significant aspects of the recommendations made in the report were also considered in the meeting with the Minister.
He also said that the recommendations of the report would be debated upon in the annual meeting of CABE to be held on October 25 in which all School Education and Higher Education ministers of all the states would take part. Divulging details of the prominent recommendations made in the report, Cheema said while preparing the report, the expenditure by various countries on Education was also compared after which it was recommended that a minimum of 6 per cent of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) should be spent on education. It has also recommended spending more on the elementary or primary education besides having head for every school (Head Teacher or Headmaster or Principal) compulsorily. PTI SKC UZM