Continuing German in KV for current session: SC

 

Nov 28,

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to consider continuing German language in Kendriya Vidyalayas for the present academic session. The Court gave it a week’s time to consider whether its decision to introduce Sanskrit as the third language in classes 6th to 8th in Kendriya Vidyalayas can be postponed to the next academic session.

Appearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi today defended the government’s stand on dropping German language as an alternative to Sanskrit. He told the court that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Centre and Germany on introducing German as 3rd language is illegal and the government cannot continue with it.

The Supreme court was hearing the petitions filed by a group of parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students that government should not impose its decision of dropping German on them, especially in the middle of the ongoing academic session. Controversy had arisen out of Centre’s decision to drop German as an alternative to Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Centre submitted before the Supreme Court that Sanskrit will be the third language in classes 6 to 8 in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Appearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu yesterday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi sought its permission to file an affidavit on the controversy arising out of Centre’s decision to drop German as an alternative to Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

The bench allowed him to file an affidavit and posted the matter for today.Earlier, on 21st of this month, the apex court had agreed to give an urgent hearing on the petitions filed by a group of parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students on the issue.

Counsel for the petitioners have contended that the decision regarding selecting language should be left to the students and parents, and government should not impose its decision on them, especially in the middle of the ongoing academic session

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