SC Accepts Centre’s Offer to End Tussle over Language Issue

Published: 17th December 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2014 12:00 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the proposal of the Centre that Kendriya Vidyalaya students of class VI, VII and VIII will not have to take examination for Sanskrit in this academic session and they may continue to study German as an optional subject.

A Bench headed by Justice A R Dave asked the  Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to ensure that students, who want to pursue German or any other language as optional subjects, be provided with all facilities in KV schools across the country. Disposing of the petition filed by some parents of KV students, the court said that it has perused the affidavits filed by the Centre and others including KVS and CBSE and the proposal looked practical.

There will be no examinations for the students of class VI, VII and VIII for third language (Sanskrit) in this academic session and students can be assessed for German as an optional subject,” the Bench said. The court further said that from the next academic session (2015-16), students will have to take examinations for third Indian language including Sanskrit. “Students are free to learn German or any other language as an optional subject and facilities will be provided by KVS in this regard,” the Bench said.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for HRD, KVS and CBSE referred to the affidavit filed by KVS and said German will remain as an optional subject and moreover, students will not have to take exams for Sanskrit or any other modern Indian language in the present academic session.

On this, Reena Singh, appearing for  parents of students said, “The students in private schools are allowed to study foreign language of their choice (so) why KV students are deprived of their rights?.”

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