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Girl forced to take Sanskrit moves Delhi HC

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 22:12

New Delhi: A girl student of Class XI today
moved the Delhi High Court questioning the action of Delhi
government-run school of forcing her to take Sanskrit instead
of English.

The High Court sought a response from NCT government and
one of its schools for compelling the girl to take Sanskrit
subject in Humanities stream instead of English.

Seeking their replies by August 17, Justice Rajiv Sahai
Endlaw issued a notice to the Department of Education, NCT
Delhi and Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Sultanpuri as also to

Appearing for Jyoti Gupta, the petitioner, counsel Ashok
Agarwal wondered whether government-run-schools could legally
compel the students of Class XI (Humanities stream) to take
Sanskrit instead of English.

The action by the government school is arbitrary,
discriminatory, unfair practice, unconstitutional, illegal,
unjust, against the paramount interest of students, he said.

According to him, the school has compelled Jyoti to take
Sanskrit instead of English in Class XI (Humanities stream)
whereas she has been insisting on English and is not at all
interested in Sanskrit.

In the petition, Jyoti said the act of the school was
violative of fundamental rights as guaranteed to her under
the Constitution and Delhi School Education Act, 1973.

"It is also violative of the Right of Children to Free
and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, UN Convention on the
Rights of the Child (1989) and DOE Circular dated 28.05.2010
laying down the admission criteria for admission in Class IX",
she added.


First Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 22:12

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