In a major setback to the Jayalalithaa government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed its petition for deferring of the common education system — Samacheer Kalvi — for schools in the state and directed that the necessary steps be taken within 10 days to implement it.
A three-judge bench of Justices J.M. Panchal, Deepak Verma and B.S. Chauhan while declaring interests of students as supreme, upheld the Madras high court verdict striking down the amendments brought by the AIADMK government in May this year in the original Act passed by the previous DMK government in 2010.
“Passing the (amendment) Act, 2011 amounts to nullifying the effect of the high court and Supreme Court’s (2010) judgements and such an act simply tantamounts to subversion of the law. In view of this, the appeals (of the state) are devoid of any merits. The facts and circumstances of the case do not present special feature warranting any interference by the Supreme Court,” the bench ruled.
Rejecting the state government’s arguments that it required at least a year’s time to put in place the “quality” education system and for preparing the “standard” syllabus if the four prevailing system of school education has to be integrated into one, the top court said the government had earlier had decided to scrap the system even after the publication of new boiks on “common” syllabus.
“Even if a very few schools could not exercise their choice of multiple text books, it could not be a ground for scrapping the Act, passed in 2010. Steps should have been taken to remove the discrepancy,” the court said.
On the question of alleged “politicisation” of the syllabus by the previous DMK regime, the top court said it should have not been made a ground for “scrapping” of the entire system. Asian Age