In all the 67 schools that are following ICSE syllabus

: A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court Bench here to implement Samacheer Kalvi (uniform syllabus) in all the 67 schools that were following ICSE syllabus and affiliated to Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations in the State.

A Division Bench comprising Justice P.P.S. Janarthana Raja and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan on Wednesday directed a government counsel to take notice on behalf of the School Education Department Secretary and adjourned the matter to October 17.

S. Umar Farouq, an advocate from Madurai, had filed the PIL petition claiming that the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act, 2010 provided for implementing uniform syllabus in all schools except those following the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The petitioner's counsel C. Arul Vadivel alias Sekar contended that the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations was a registered society that provides affiliation to various schools. It was not a government sponsored Board.

As per the Guidelines for Affiliation approved at the 90 {+t} {+h} meeting of the Council held on April 28, 2006, it would prescribe syllabus only from ninth to twelfth standard. Schools that were affiliated to it were given liberty to choose any textbook in so far as first to eighth standards were concerned.

There were a total of five schools following ICSE syllabus in Madurai and each of them was following different textbooks brought out by different publishers even for science subjects, the counsel said and sought for bringing in uniformity by introducing Samacheer Kalvi in those schools.

  • Matter adjourned to October 17
  • Counsel directed to take notice