Passing Sanskrit not mandatory for X boards

Passing Sanskrit not mandatory for X boards

Students of class VI to VIII, who were prescribed Sanskrit as third language in place of German, will now be eligible to appear in class X exams without having to clear the subject.

The arrangement in the form of concession came following the crisis emerging due to the sudden decision by the government on October 27 to introduce Sanskrit in place of German in the third modern Indian language category for students of Central schools.

The concession would be available to students studying in class VI to VIII who would be taking class X board exams in the coming sessions.

In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the Centre submitted that the CBSE has exempted Kendriya Vidyalaya students of class VI to VIII, studying Sanskrit in place of German in the middle of the academic session, from mandatorily clearing the third language paper for appearing in the class X board exam.

The decision was taken by the CBSE on December 10. The response filed by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan came after the apex court asked the government to explain the CBSE curriculum that mandated all the students taking up class X board examinations to clear the third language prescribed in class VI to VIII.

As the government claimed that students studying Sanskrit would not be asked to clear the internal examination, a PIL petitioner pointed out that the CBSE curriculum guideline 2014 mandated a student to complete three-year language course before he or she is allowed to appear for the board exams.

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