The Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) have been permissioned to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language by the CBSE with an immediate effect.
On October 8, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) had Submitted its affidavit in the Supreme Court, stating that the students would not be restrained from appearing in Class X Board exam due to a CBSE norm, according to which clearing the third language was mandatory for all students after studying it for three years.
As a Response, the CBSE on December 10 agreed to do so “in the interest of the students and in view of the emergency explained”. Now all the students would be eligible to appear for the Class X Board exam, irrespective of whether or not they complete three years of studying Sanskrit after its introduction.The KVS, citing this clarification from the CBSE, has now urged the court to dispose a PIL by some parents of KV students who had questioned the “haste” in which the government proceeded to replace German with Sanskrit in mid-session.
According to the CBSE curriculum, a student requires to clear the third language, after studying it for three years, as an eligibility to appear for Class X Board exam.
Students in KVs, which follows the CBSE medium, would not be able to meet this CBSE norm according to which, a student requires to clear the third language, as an eligibility to appear for Class X Board exam even if they start learning Sanskrit in Class VII or VIII
After the parents highlighted this dichotomy, the court had asked the Centre to do the needed to overcome this quandary. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that he would resolve it after discussing the matter with officials from HRD Ministry, KVS and CBSE. The court will take up the response on Tuesday.