Examine feasibility of LKG,UKG in govt schools: HC to TN govt
The Madras High Court has directed Tamil Nadu government to examine the feasibility of introducing LKG and UKG sections in state-run schools and arrive at a decision, while complying with the guidelines of the Dr Muthukumaran Committee report, in four months.
Chennai: The Madras High Court has directed Tamil Nadu government to examine the feasibility of introducing LKG and UKG sections in state-run schools and arrive at a decision, while complying with the guidelines of the Dr Muthukumaran Committee report, in four months.
Disposing of a petition by Parents Union for Students Educational Rights (PUSER), Cuddalore district, the first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan said that "the question would be whether LKG and UKG classes are to be provided in Government Schools.
"In our view, the aforesaid is a policy decision to be taken by the government which may examine the stand of the petitioner, whether it is feasible and desirable that government schools should have also LKG and UKG Classes."
"A decision in this behalf should be taken one way or the other within a maximum period of four months by keeping in mind the recommendation of the Dr Muthukumaran Committee," it said.
PUSER had sought a direction to the state government to implement pre-school education by introducing LKG and UKG classes in all government primary and elementary schools.
The petitioner referred to Section 11 of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and prayed that the government be directed to implement it as per the guidelines enumerated in Dr Muthukumaran Committee Report, 2006.
PUSER contended that parents are keen to admit their wards in private schools, which have LKG classes, while the government schools lack the same.
Earlier, when the matter came up before the bench, the Special Government Pleader (Education) T N Rajagopalan had submitted that anganwadi schools were available for the benefit of younger children.
The Muthukumaran Committee was constituted by the DMK government in 2006 on implementation of the concept of uniform educational system.