Delhi High Court asks Centre, city government’s stance on plea for uniform education system

The petitioner asserted that various curricula and programs of study by CBSE, ISCE and State Boards are contrary to Sections 14, 15, 16, 21, 21A of the Constitution and that the right to education implies the right to equal education.

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked for the position of the center and the city government on a plea requesting the implementation of a uniform education system, which would involve having a common curriculum and curriculum in the mother tongue for students up to class 12.

A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi has also requested a response from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) while issuing an opinion on Attorney Ashwini’s motion Kumar Upadhayay.

The counter affidavit must reflect the policy that the respondent has adopted and proposes to adopt in light of the Supreme Court’s decision (on the common agenda), said the panel, also including Judge Navin Chawla.

The petitioner asserted that various curricula and programs of study by CBSE, ISCE and State Boards are contrary to Sections 14, 15, 16, 21, 21A of the Constitution and that the right to education implies the right to equal education.

The syllabus and syllabus are common to all entrance exams viz. JEE, BITSAT, NEET, MAT, NET, NDA, CU-CET, CLAT, AILET, SET, KVPY, NEST, PO, SCRA, NIFT, AIEED, NATA, CEPT etc. But curriculum and curriculum of CBSE, ICSE and State Council is totally different. Thus, students do not benefit from equal opportunities in the spirit of Articles 14 to 16, the petition states.

The advocacy argued that a common curriculum and curriculum in the mother tongue will not only achieve the code of a common culture, eliminate disparities and discriminatory values, but also strengthen virtues and improve the quality of life, elevate thoughts that advance the constitutional goal of an egalitarian society.

The petitioner however alleged that school mafias don’t want ‘One Nation-One Education Board’, coach mafias don’t want ‘One Nation-One Syllabus’ and book mafias don’t want NCERT books in all schools.

A common curriculum and curriculum is essential for all, as children’s rights should not be limited to free and compulsory education alone, but should be extended to equal and quality education without socio-economic discrimination, a said the petitioner.

The case will be heard on August 30.

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