Friday, March 7, 2014

HC seeks reply in PIL on government schools curriculum


HC seeks reply in PIL on government schools curriculum


ALLAHABAD: Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that the curriculum of government schools is not periodically updated and old and obsolete material is made available to the students, the Allahabad High Court has directed the state education authorities to file replies within four weeks.

The court passed the order on the PIL filed by Dwaba Vikas Avam Utthan Samiti, Kaushambi.

The PIL has raised certain issues regarding enforcement of the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

The court directed that the counter-affidavit shall be filed by the secretary (basic education), Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, dealing with the grievances in the petition, within a period of four weeks.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta directed to list the matter on January 6.

The counsels for the petitioner contended that Section 29 of the Act provides that the curriculum and evaluation procedure for elementary education shall be laid down by an academic authority to be specified by the appropriate government by notification. The PIL alleges that the curriculum of government schools is not periodically updated, as a result old and obsolete material is made available to the students.

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