Monday, June 13, 2011

Samacheer Kalvi: Supreme Court to hear TN plea tomorrow

File photo of class I and VI textbooks framed under the Samacheer Kalvi Thittam.
The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday the Jayalalithaa government’s appeal challenging a Madras High Court order directing the State to continue with the implementation of the Samacheer Kalvi Thittam (uniform system of school education).
The Supreme Court agreed to take up the matter on priority after senior counsel P.P. Rao and State Additional Advocate General Guru Krishna Kumar submitted the matter needs urgent hearing as it involves academic activities of thousands of children.
The Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act introduced in 2010-2011 by the previous Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government had introduced a common curriculum for school children till Class X.
However, in the first week of June, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government, on being voted back to power, brought an amendment by introducing Section 3 under which it sought to withhold implementation of the Act and revert to the earlier curriculum.
On June 10, the Madras High Court stayed the operation of the amendment, saying for classes I and VI under the scheme, the syllabus, which came into effect from 2010-11, would continue.

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