SC refuses to stay decision to replace German with Sanskrit

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the government's decision to drop German as an alternative to Sanskrit in the third language category in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.

A bench presided over by Justice A R Dave, however, issued notice to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry and others, deciding to hear a PIL challenging the controversial move which was likely to affect about 70,000 students of class VI to VIII.

The Board of Governors (BoG) of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), headed by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, had in its meeting on October 27 decided that "teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit will be discontinued herewith".

German has been kept as an additional subject for students. The court fixed the matter for hearing on November 28.

A group of parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students approached the apex court challenging the government decision.

“The KVS has failed to take into account the pertinent fact that such a decision cannot be taken mid-session as it would amount to throwing into complete disarray the overall academic preparation of the affected students,” the petition said.

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