SC seeks govt reply on course hurdle

German row: Clearing third language a criterion to take CBSE board exams

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 9, 2014 12:55 am

Insistent over immediately replacing German with Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas, the government found itself on a sticky wicket on Monday as its move appeared contrary to the CBSE curriculum.

According to the CBSE curriculum, a student requires to clear the third language, after studying it for three years, as an eligibility to appear for Class X Board exam.

Students in KVs, which follow the CBSE medium, would, however, not be able to meet this condition if they start learning Sanskrit in Class VII or VIII.
The same predicament would occur if there is no examination for Class VI students in the current academic session, as assured by the Centre.

As the parents of KV students highlighted this dichotomy, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre as to how it planned to over come this quandary, leaving Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi searching for answers.

“We want to make sure no student is put to any difficulty. Now you tell us how are you going to address these concerns? What will happen if a student fails to comply with the conditions set by the CBSE for Class X Board exam. We can perhaps give a solution if these concerns are also addressed by you,” said a bench of Justices Anil R Dave and Kurian Joseph.

At first, the AG said the Class X Board exam was optional and that no question of eligibility would arise for KV students after they switch from German to Sanskrit as the third language. He, however, could not say emphatically how the government proposed to fulfil the CBSE mandate.
The bench then asked KV Commissioner Avinash Dikshit, who was present in the court, if he could respond. Dikshit said he would require to consult the CBSE before making any statement.

Rohatgi assured the bench that he would call a meeting of HRD, KVS and CBSE officials to put forth a solution to the logjam on the next date of hearing, December 16.

Earlier, the Centre had stuck to its decision on replacing German as the third language with Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas but conceded that no exam would be conducted for the subject in the current session.

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