Against High Court order on Uniform System of School Education Act

The Tamil Nadu government will move the Supreme Court on Monday against an interim order of the Madras High Court staying the operation of an amendment introduced in the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act for postponing the implementation of the ‘Samacheer Kalvi Thittam' (uniform system of education) in the State.

The special leave petition against the June 10 order is to be presented in the Supreme Court Registry in the morning. Additional Advocate General Guru Krishna Kumar and State Advocate General Navaneethakrishnan who has come down to the capital are expected to make a ‘mention' before the vacation Bench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar for urgent hearing.

The SLP was finalised on June 11 and the day being a holiday for the court, the counsel took it to the residence of Registrar in-charge with a request that the SLP be included in the June 13 list. On Sunday, the counsel was told to present the papers in the Registry on Monday. Since the hearing begins at 10.30 a.m., it is expected that the SLP would be presented before 10 a.m. and after completion of the formalities ‘mention' would be made before the Bench around 10.30 a.m. for urgent listing.

Since caveats had already been filed before the Registrar concerned, the Bench will hear both the State and the respondents (petitioners) in the High Court before any order was passed in the SLP.

On June 10, the High Court, while staying the impugned amendment, said that for Standards I and VI under the scheme, the syllabus which came into effect from 2010-11 would continue. For other classes – Standards II to V and VII to X – the new syllabus which was to come into effect from this academic year would be implemented. It said the stay would not be a bar for the government to conduct a detailed study of the common syllabus and common textbooks. It said no material was placed before it to say that the new textbooks under the uniform syllabus were either wholly erroneous or incorrect.

The SLP which is directed against this order will seek stay of its operation.

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