The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to clarify the implications of its decision to introduce Sanskrit in place of German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas on students who will appear for the Xth board examination.
Observing that “no student should be put to difficulty” due to introduction of Sanskrit in the mid session, a bench of justices A R Dave and Kurian Joseph asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to take instructions on the issue and brief it on December 16.
The court direction came after advocate Reena Singh, appearing for a group of parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students, submitted that a student has to complete three-year language course before he is allowed to appear for the board exams.
She said that due to change in language in mid-session, the students will not be able to complete the three-year course in Sanskrit and they will be barred for appearing in the Board exam.
“Chaos will prevail when students of class VIII, who have been studying German language for almost two-and-half years, will now have to study Sanskrit as third language. How are they going to complete the course of 3 years? That means they cannot appear in the 10th class CBSE board exam without fulfilling the condition of the CBSE curriculum 2014,” she said.
Earlier, the Centre had stuck to its decision on replacing German as the third language with Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas but conceded that no exam would be conducted for the subject in the current session.
The Centre’s decision not to conduct exam for Sanskrit, introduced in the middle of the ongoing session, came after the apex court had expressed concern that students would suffer because of government’s decision.