Parents say India’s no-fail policy for kids isn’t making the grade

NEW DELHI — Puja Sagar cannot read or write, but she makes sure her 13-year-old son, Gaurav, never misses school.
However, Sagar, a frail but hard-working cook, is worried that he is not learning much at school, even though he is in the eighth grade — thanks mostly to a controversial policy under which even poor-performing younger students cannot be held back at the end of a school year.
“Every time I ask my son to read aloud, he stares blankly at the textbook for a long time,” she said. “After some difficulty, he is able to string the alphabets and read slowly. Why did they promote him year after year if he cannot even read?”
She is not the only one asking the question these days.

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