German row: parents move court

Government has ignored adverse effects on 70,000 students

November 21, 2014 11:27 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 07:36 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on a petition filed by 22 “harried” parents challenging the legality of a government order to replace German language with Sanskrit in the curriculum.

The parents said the Kendriya Vidyalaya Board of Governors, including Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, failed to consider the “catastrophic consequences” of such a “hurried” decision on the children, who have already finished half their school term.

The petition said the Ministry and KVS authorities failed to note that the academic session had started in April 2014 and would end with an annual examination in March 2015.

Excluding the December vacations, there was hardly two months for this academic session to end.

The parents said the authorities “seem to have also lost sight of the fact that this period of two months is, by no stretch of imagination, enough to unlearn the German language they have been studying since 2011 and replace it with Sanskrit or any other language at this belated stage”.

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