HC leaves ball in Centre’s court to decide on setting up of KVs

Court says it is a policy decision of the government

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said setting up of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in every tehsil across the country was a policy decision of the government.

A Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar said it was for the government to decide whether to set up Central schools in every tehsil or make it mandatory to study ‘aims, objects and basic structure of the Constitution’ from Classes I-VIII, as sought in the petition.

The High Court left it to the Central government to consider the issues raised by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay in his plea.

Mr. Upadhyay, also a lawyer, had claimed in his plea that “unity in diversity is observed and celebrated” in the KVs as these schools have students from all parts of the State and “equal opportunities are provided to all students in spite of their religious, territorial differences”.

“The low fee structure of Kendriya Vidyalayas will help poor students in getting quality education along with an exposure to the competitive world. The establishment of KVs will encourage nearby schools to provide better education as they will face competition,” his petition had claimed.

It also said that currently, there were 5,464 tehsils in India and a total of 1,209 KVs.

“To achieve real equality and elevate poor, weak, Dalits, tribals and deprived sections of the society, State must provide uniform education having common syllabus and common curriculum to all students of Classes I-VIII in spirit of Articles 14, 15, 16, 21A and Preamble of the Constitution,” the plea had said.

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