Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday restrained the Government from changing the Plus One syllabus of physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany, zoology, geography, economics and political science for the current academic year.

Justice A.K. Basheer passed the interim directive when two writ petitions filed by the parents of some Plus One students came up for hearing. The court found considerable force in the contention of the petitioners that if at all the Government wanted to update the syllabus, nothing prevented the Government from taking the decision well in advance.

This had not been done till June. Therefore, the petitioners argued that the Government was not justified in changing the syllabus to the detriment of the student community.

The court noted that the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT) revised the syllabus every three years. The last revision took place in 2005. Therefore a change in its syllabus was due next academic year.

The court observed that the Advocate-General also submitted that the Government proposed to change the textbooks from the next year onwards. The court said that the Government could have been a little more careful before proceeding to change the textbooks in the current academic year and that too in such a hurry at this belated stage.

The Advocate-General said that the changes in the syllabus had been effected on the recommendation of the NCERT.

The petitioner said that they had bought the textbooks in the belief that they would not be changed since the Government had decided not to change the curriculum and textbooks during the current academic year.