Seeing the current standard of student knowledge, Prakash Javadekar said that state governments may be allowed to decide on the no-detention policy in their schools.
"There is a demand from a lot of states to allow the detention of the students because everyone is promoted up to eighth standard and then there is a pressure in class nine," Javadekar said addressing a function in Panaji.
Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar was also present at the function.
"There is a pressure in ninth standard because we have not learnt anything for eight years. We can't waste the generation like this," he said.
The minister said that Union government will allow states to decide on the matter of whether to detain a child or not after giving him a fair chance.
"He will be assessed first in March and then in June. It will not be detention for the sake of detention. It is about capabilities and setting up benchmarks," he said.
Javadekar said that right to education has turned into a disaster in some states mentioning that he has seen schools which has become only mid-day meal schools.
"Aana, Khana aur Jana (coming, eating and going) has become trend in schooling. This is because there is no accountability. There is no benchmarking," the minister said.
He further said that Union Government is also drafting the education policy which will include the community as well.
"We must understand that the community support to the educational support which existed in the past should be revived," the minister said.
"New rules are being drafted wherein when government constructs a school in the village, the compound wall would be funded by the villagers. We need to involve community and I am sure people will accept our thinking," he said.