The Ministry of Human Resource Development is likely to stick to its decision of scrapping German as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas with immediate effect, even as the Supreme Court had last week suggested it against bringing any change in the middle of the current academic session.
The Ministry is in middle of the controversy since it decided to replace German with Sanskrit as a third language in KVs barely three months before the session ends. Hearing the matter last week, the apex court had asked the Centre not to “punish the students for its mistake” and to consider teaching German as third language till end of the session. The SC had given the Centre a week’s time to consider its suggestion. In its response to the Supreme Court, sources said, the Ministry on Friday would likely reiterate its stance.
The HRD Ministry would argue that teaching German as a third language and the MoU signed between Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Goethe Institute-Max Mueller Bhawan in 2011 violate the National Policy on Education and the Three Language Formula.
The MoU lapsed in September this year after the Centre refused to renew it since the government believed the agreement was “illegal”.
The sources also said the Centre would explain to the court it plans to ensure a smooth mid-session transition so as not to cause much hardship to around 70,000 KV students between Classes VI and VII who have opted for German.
The Ministry has already announced that affected students would be allowed to pick any modern Indian language as the third language. However, Sanskrit would be the mandatory third language for the fresh Class VI batch.
The controversy erupted when the Board of Governors of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), headed by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, in its meeting on October 27 decided that “teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit will be discontinued forthwith”. German has been kept as an additional subject/hobby class for students.
As per the Three Language Formula, schools should teach Hindi, English and one modern Indian language to students, preferably one of the southern languages in the Hindi speaking states and Hindi, English and the regional language in the non-Hindi speaking states.