On Monday the Supreme Court asked the Centre to explain the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum according to which it is mandatory for all the students taking up class X board examinations to clear the third language paper prescribed for classes VI to VIII.
The controversy is related to the Centre's decision to introduce Sanskrit in October for students studying German under the three-language formula.
A bench of Justices A R Dave and Kurian Joseph told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to hold a meeting of the top brass of the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry, CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, and make a submission before the court on December 16.
“No student should be disqualified and put to any difficulty,” the bench said after advocate Reena Singh, appearing for a petitioner, pointed out the CBSE norm for students taking up secondary school examination.
According to the CBSE curriculum guideline 2014, a student has to complete the three-year language course before appearing for the board exams. Advocate Reena Singh said that the students have been put to “acute stress” by adding such changes to the curriculum.
Responding to the high court’s concern, the attorney general on December 5 produced a letter from a senior officer of the HRD ministry stating that “they assure of causing no stress to the students, as there will be no examinations in this academic session for the students studying Sanskrit or any other modern Indian language as the third Indian language, in place of German as the third language.