"We are bringing a bill to have examinations for classes 5 and 8 and I hope you will give your support to this bill," HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said to members in the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour in recent PTI report.
The proposed bill will have scope for giving a repeat chance to all students who fail in March.
Also, they will be allowed to take the test again in May.
However, the government has made it clear that this decision will not be a compulsion on states and they are free to decide on their own.
Javadekar also admitted that the dropout rate in government schools was almost double than that in the private schools.
"Yes, the truth is that there is a fall in the levels of government schools and the people have started getting attracted towards private schools," He said.
"The dropout rate of students is higher in government than in private schools. The dropout rate is nearly half in private schools in comparison to the government schools,"HRD minister added.
The real problem was in class 9 as currently, no examination is held in classes 1 to 8 and no child fails. Javadekar said on the issue of school dropouts.
Also, in a move to make education informative and entertaining for students, many states like Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are taking efforts to help check dropouts.
Asked whether there was a proposal to hand over government schools to the private sector, "There is no proposal of handing over government schools to private players," Javadekar said.