New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved
its verdict on the validity of the amendment brought by the
Jayalalithaa government to defer implementation of the Tamil
Nadu Uniform System of School Education (Amendment) Act, 2011.
A three-judge bench of justices JM Panchal, Deepak Vermaand BS Chauhan, also extended till August 10 the deadline for distribution of over 9 crore text books.
Tamil Nadu government had moved the apex court
challenging the state High Court`s decision to quash the
amendment brought in by way of Section 3 to defer
implementation of the Act.
The AIADMK government had taken the plea that it wanted
to defer implementation of the Act as the text books printed
contained material allegedly promoting the interests of the
previous DMK government and its MP Kanimozhi.
The state had challenged the high court`s order on the
ground that it was "illegal and erroneous."
The high court had also directed the state government to
distribute the textbooks printed under the Uniform System of
Education to enable teachers commence classes and to complete
the exercise by July 22.
Tamil Nadu has over 1.2 crore students in four streams of
school education -- 45,000 state board schools, 11,000
matriculation schools, 25 oriental schools and 50
Anglo-Indian schools, all with separate syllabus, textbooks
and schemes of examinations.
`Samacheer Kalvi` scheme, aimed at bringing about a
uniform education, was shelved by Jayalalithaa in one of her
first acts since returning to power of reversing several pet
schemes of the previous DMK government.