In what seems to be a departure from the Right to Education policy, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the state governments will be allowed to decide on the no-detention policy in their schools.
"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 the Union government will allow states to decide to detain the student after giving him 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 the implementation of the Right to Education has turned education into a disaster in some states.
"I have seen many states where schools have become mid-day meal schools," he said.
"What you find is that sixth standard student can't do Maths of class three and seventh standard student can't read class four lessons," he said.
"This happens because we have not defined benchmarks," the minister added.