Delhi HC To Hear A Plea Seeking Establishment of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Each Tehsil To Ensure Uniform Education [Read Petition]
Delhi High Court will hear a PIL seeking directions to be issued to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for establishing at least one central school in each tehsil.
Filed by BJP leader Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, the petition seeks the following directions from the court:
- Direct the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, to ascertain the feasibility of establishing at least One Central School (Kendriya Vidyalaya) in every Tehsil, Taluka, Sub-division, Circle and Vattam or each State Legislative Assembly throughout the territory of India
- Direct the Ministry of Human Resources Development to provide a standard textbook having chapters on Socialism, Secularism, Unity and Integrity of the Nation, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties and Basic Structure of the Constitution and make its study compulsory for all students of I-VIII standard throughout the territory of India
The Petitioner has put forward in his petition that ensuring at least one central school in each tehsil is significant for ensuring every child's fundamental right to education under Article 21A of the Constitution.
Further, the cause of ensuring quality education to all can also be read under the Directive Principles of State Policy as article 38(2) says that the State shall strive to minimize the inequalities in income and endeavour to eliminate in status, facilities and opportunities.
It is also submitted by the Petitioner that uniform schooling across the country would ensure imparting of secular education to all. He says
'...It becomes even more essential in a country like ours, composed of so many races religions languages and culture and with so many disruptive forces of Casteism, Communalism, Regionalism and Linguism'.
The petition moots for a competitive model to ensure the quality of education imparted to students at rural areas. It notes that the low fee structure of Kendriya Vidyalayas will help the poor students in getting a quality education along with an exposure to the competitive world. The establishment of KVs will also encourage the nearby schools to provide a better education as they will face a competition.
It is also cited in the petition that since all the teachers at KVs are recruited through a national exam, students will be better introduced to the culture of cosmopolitanism and liberalism.
The present petition is scheduled to be taken up by the court on September 23