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SSS Sends Legal Notice to CBSE over 3-Language Formula


It was just two years ago, the Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh (SSS) had prompted government to drop German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalas. Now, they have turned to private schools for the same.

SSC, a teacher’s association, had previously dragged KVs to the court claiming that the school failed to abide by the 3-language formula. SSC has recently served a legal notice to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as the private schools affiliated by the board, did not follow the 3-language formula. If the board fails to respond, SSS is planning to move to the high court.

According to SSC General Secretary V Dayal, KVs have stopped teaching German six months ago. But, private schools continue to teach Spanish, French,German etc. as the third language.  Mr. Dayal also said that Government’s approach towards KVs and private schools should not be different.

The three language formula incorporated in national education policy states that secondary stage students should learn a modern Indian language along with English and Hindi. SSC had earlier claimed that the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has gone against the formula by choosing German as the third language over Sanskrit. They had also filed a complaint against KVs in the Delhi HC in 2013.

As a result, the HRD Ministry had decided to replace German with Sanskrit. This action had led to a commotion, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel raising the matter with PM Narendra Modi during G20 summit in Brisbane.

Monica Arora, Supreme Court lawyers representing SSS said, "This isn't a battle between foreign languages and Sanskrit. We are okay with schools offering any modern Indian language as the third language subject. We just want CBSE to follow what it had stated in its affidavit in the high court. They should either follow the law or have it changed.”

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