After the government removed the compulsion over the clearing of Sanskrit as third language before being appeared in the class 10 board exam as per the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) scheme, the Supreme Court approved the reintroduction of the language for Kendriya Vidyalaya students in Classes VI-VIII in the middle of the academic year.
However, A Bench headed by Justice AR Dave, directed the government to let the willing students take the German exam this year and also ensure the required facilities for them to pursue German as an optional language from next year.
The mid-year switch over from German to Sanskrit in the Kendriya Vidyalayas, came up with the drastic burden for the students. So the Bench passed the order on petitions filed by parents of affected students.
The CBSE had agreed not to restraint any student from appearing for the Class-X exam for not completing the compulsory third language course. The CBSE granted this exemption as the students would be unable to complete the three-year course in Classes VI-VIII in view of the mid-session change.
The re-introduction of Sanskrit in KVs has been decided due to the expiry of the three-year contract with Germany for teaching German as third language in India. Further, the contract was illegal in the first place as the Constitution does not allow teaching any foreigner language in Indian education system.