Government considering to waive year-end exam for German language students in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani

NEW DELHI: The HRD Ministry may, as a one-time exception, offer to waive the year-end examination for students studying German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. The government is expected to state this in its response to the apex court on Friday, officials said.

According to sources, the ministry is likely to stick to its stand on dropping German for Sanskrit mid-session. The apex court had given the ministry a week's time to reconsider its decision and implement the change from the new academic session in the schools run by the central government to save students from any inconvenience.

The government, as a concession to the 50,000 odd affected students, has decided to teach only entry-level Sanskrit to students of Class VI, VII and VIII for the remaining part of the academic session. But officials, who spoke to on the condition of anonymity, said that in wake of the court's intervention the ministry could offer to either dilute the entry-level syllabus even further or waive off the year-end (pen-and-paper) examination on Sanksrit for the affected students. In case the government opts for latter, students will be evaluated based on classroom activities.

Even as the government is sticking to its stand, the Sanskrit Shiksha Sangathan (SSS) - the organisation that dragged Kendriya Vidyalayas to court, forcing the ministry to drop German as the third language - also said that the schools can revert to teaching Sanskrit from the next session.

German was introduced in place of Sanskrit in Classes VI, VII and VIII of Kendriya Vidyalayas in 2011 after the signing of MoU between the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Max Mueller Bhawan. The MoU, however, was not renewed after SSS approached the court for dropping Sanskrit in favour of German.

HRD minister Smriti Irani justified the decision against renewing the agreement on the grounds that it violated the three-language formula of the National Education Policy under which only a modern Indian language can be taught as a third language in schools. The decision faced stiff resistance from the parents of students who filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court recently.

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