The Supreme Court (SC) of India on 2 February 2015 sought responses from the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) and the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) on a plea to make Moral Science a compulsory subject in the curricula of Classes I to XII across the country.
The bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice AK Sikri issued notices to the Ministry and the CBSE while hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Santosh Singh.
Singh in the PIL requested the court to include moral values and nurture national character in the national interest. She pleaded for a suitable alteration in the National Education Policy, 1986 too.
The petition further said that there is a rapid degradation of moral values in the society where making money anyhow is the sole motto of life.
It further stated that the society needs a value-based moral education system by humanizing education and making students global citizens with universal values.
A new school curriculum needs to be revamped to include spiritual knowledge to enable students not to succumb to the pressure of participating in rat race of life which would not reduce him to the level of a rat only.
When: 2 February 2015