One Common Syllabus For All Children Across India? Delhi HC Asks Centre To Respond

The plea says that the child’s right is not only to free education but equal quality education without discrimination.

The Delhi High Court wants the Centre’s response on a plea challenging certain provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009.


Irrational Education Provisions

It is challenging the provisions for being arbitrary and irrational and wants a common syllabus and curriculum for children across the country.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notices to the Union ministries of Education, Law and Justice and Home Affairs regarding the matter and will hear it on March 30.

The PIL specified Sections 1 (4) and 1 (5) of the RTE Act, saying that the lack of a common curriculum in mother language leads to the fostering and perpetuation of ignorance and delays the attainment of fundamental duties.

Govt’s Duty To Ensure Common System

Petitioner advocate Ashwini Upadhyay said that it is the Union’s duty to create a common education system.

But it has failed to fulfil this obligation since it has simply adopted the pre-existing National Curriculum Framework (NCF) of 2005 which is very old.

The plea further challenged provisions of the RTE Act which excludes madrasas, vedic pathshalas and educational institutions imparting religious knowledge within its ambit.

Equal Opportunity Denied, Discrimination

Children are deprived of equal opportunity as the syllabus and curriculum varies for each strata of the society.

The plea says that the child’s right is not only to free education but equal quality education without discrimination against child’s social economic and cultural background.

Benefits Of Common Syllabus

It has asked the court to direct the Centre to implement a common syllabus and common curriculum for the students of I-VIII standard throughout the country.

This would create a common culture, achieve removal of disparity and depletion of discriminatory values in human relations.

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