Ensuring Central Schools In Each District, Common Syllabus Is A Policy Decision Which The Court Can't Take: Delhi HC [Read Order]
Delhi High Court has held that ensuring at least one Central School in each Taluka and having common syllabus for all schools is a policy decision that needs to be addressed by the government and not by the court.
Filed by BJP leader Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, the petition had sought 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 had 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.
While disposing off the writ petition, the court noted that if the government wants to have common syllabus or additional syllabus if not already included, throughout the territory of India for the school children, it is free to introduce/include the
chapters based upon Socialism, Secularism, Unity and Integrity of the Nation, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties and Basic Structure of the Constitution.