Delhi High Court Seeks Response From Central Government To Request For Common Curriculum For All Councils

A notice was today sent to the central government by the Delhi High Court regarding a public interest litigation petition filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay who requested a common curriculum in the mother tongue across the various councils, including the Council for the Indian School Certificate. Examinations (CISCE), Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and all other school boards

The Divisional Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla gave six weeks to the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Social Justice, Government of Delhi, Delhi CBSE and CISCE to submit their responses to said notice.

The counter affidavits, the bench said, should reflect the policy that the respondents have adopted and propose to adopt in light of the Supreme Court’s 2011 judgment.

In August 2011, the Supreme Court in its order (State of Tamil Nadu and Ors v K Shyam Sunder and Ors) mentioned that a common agenda is needed to ensure non-discrimination under Sections 14 and 15 of the Constitution .

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The petition states that the program of the ICSE, CBSE and State Councils is contrary to Articles 14, 15, 16, 21, 21A and other provisions of the constitution, therefore void and of no effect.

The petitioner, Advocate Upadhyay mentioned that while the syllabus and syllabus of entrance examinations such as JEE, NEET, NDA, CLAT are common to all, the syllabus and syllabus of CBSE, ICSE and State Board are totally different.

“The education mafias are very powerful and have a very strong union. They influence rules, regulations, policies and exams. The questions asked during competitions are not taught in public schools. Thus, the parents are doubly threatened. First they have to pay huge fees to private schools…and then pay unbearable fees to coaching centers too”

-the petition read.

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The petitioner mentioned that it is a sad truth that school mafias are against the one nation-one school board theory. The board theory can endanger the business of the coaching mafias, so they are against it. The book mafias, on the other hand, do not want joint books for their own benefit. This is why the uniform education system up to the 12th grade has not yet been implemented.

The petition suggests that a syllabus and curriculum common to all in the mother tongue will not only achieve the code of a common culture, but also remove the disparity and exhaustion of discriminatory values ​​in human relations and the goal of an egalitarian society.

The petitioner declares a bitter truth that the present educational system is against the preamble which states “socialism, secularism, fraternity, unity and integrity of the nation”. He also mentions that he has broadly divided the students into EWS, BPL, MIG and HIG Elite Class

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The petition also draws attention to the fact

“It does not provide equal opportunities to all students because the curriculum of CBSE, ICSE and State Board is totally different. Although the harmonious construction of articles 14, 15, 16, 21, 21A with articles 38, 39, 46 confirms that education is the most important fundamental right and that the State cannot discriminate on the basis of region, religion, race, caste, class or culture. The petitioner argues that the “right to education” implies the “right to equal education” and that this is the most important fundamental right, as other rights are meaningless if they are not not implemented effectively. »

The Court will now hear the case on August 30.

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