'One nation, one education' PIL in SC

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/24/2020 12:27:36 AM

NEW DELHI, Jun 23: A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court last week for directives on "One nation, one education" through common syllabus and common curriculum for all children aged 6-14 years, in the spirit of Article 21A, read with Articles 14, 15, 16, 38(2), 39(f), 46 and 51A of the Constitution of India.
Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, a Delhi-based lawyer, has prayed for setting up a National Education Commission to implement a uniform education system by merging all state board of secondary educations into a central board of secondary education.
In his PIL, he has also sought introduction of a standard textbook having chapters on fundamental rights, duties, directive principles and the golden goals set out in the Preamble, and make its study compulsory for all the children aged 6-14 years throughout India.
Filed on last Wednesday through advocate-on-record Ashwani Kumar Dubey, the PIL alleges that the right to education of 80% children would be offended from the recent launch of 12 educational channels, one for each class, to impart education in primary, secondary and senior secondary students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) since it would benefit only 20% students.
Upadhyay has pointed out that this policy of education through 12 channels will result in more inequality in opportunity since there is huge difference in the CBSE board's syllabus and curriculum and those of other education boards. The PIL lists many advantages of a uniform education system having common syllabus and common curriculum.
"The spirit of Article 21A is that if free, compulsory, common and equal quality education is provided to all the children aged 6-14 years; it will ultimately bring equal opportunity and promote among them fraternity assuring dignity of individual, unity and national integration. Needless to say that substantial equality can be achieved by providing value based uniform education system having common syllabus and common curriculum to all the children aged 6-14 years," the PIL underlined.

 

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