The issue was taken up during the Question Hour by Congress MLA Gurkirat Singh in the Punjab Assembly.   

The MLA sought a clarification from Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka whether this scheme has not resulted in drop out of students and deterioration of the standard of education in the state.
At present, the policy of the state government is not to fail any student up to class eighth.
Leader of the House and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that schools must conduct tests of students till eighth class.
He assured the Punjab Assembly that the state government will take a decision on whether to hold examinations of students till class eighth, once the Lok Sabha polls are over.
Former education minister and Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Tota Singh said that due to this scheme the students at times don't even know counting when they reach class ninth.
"Education is a state subject and the practice of not failing students up to class eighth should be stopped," he said, stressing that this would improve the standard of education in government schools.
Speaker Charanjeet Singh Atwal told the Assembly that it was the Centre's policy not to fail any student till he or she reaches class eighth.


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