SC to hear TN govt`s plea on school curriculum row

SC will hear on Tuesday Jayalalithaa govt`s appeal challenging a Madras HC order directing the state to continue with implementation of the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act.

Updated: Jun 13, 2011, 23:27 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on
Tuesday Jayalalithaa government`s appeal challenging a Madras
High Court order directing the state to continue with
implementation of the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School
Education Act.

The apex court agreed to take up the matter on priority
after senior counsel PP Rao and State Additonal Advocate
General Guru Krishna Kumar submitted the matter needs urgent
hearing as it involves academic activities of thousands of
children.

The Act introduced in 2010-2011 by the previous DMK
government had introduced a common curriculum for school
children till Class X.

Prior to introduction of the Act, the state had different
curriculum of education like matriculation, state school of
Secondary Education, CBSE and Anglo-Indian.

But by the 2010 Act, a common curriculum was introduced.

However, in June first week, the AIADMK government, on
being voted back to power, brought an amendment by introducing
Section 3 under which it sought to withhold implementation of
the Act and revert back to the earlier curriculum.

Tamil Nadu took the plea in the High Court that it
withheld implementation of the Act during the present academic
year as it wanted to delete certain chapters from the
textbooks introduced by the previous government allegedly to
promote its own cause and ideological moorings.

The move was challenged by various groups and educational
institutions, following which the high court had by an interim
order directed the state to implement the Act.

Aggrieved, the state appealed in the apex court.

PTI