[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] India: In Row Over Studying German, Parents Go to Court

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In Row Over Studying German, Parents Go to Court
All India <http://www.ndtv.com/article/list/india/> | Reported by Sunetra
Choudhury and A Vaidyanathan
Edited by Sanchari
Bhattacharya <http://www.ndtv.com/topic/sanchari-bhattacharya> | Updated:
November 21, 2014 18:28 IST
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[image: In Row Over Studying German, Parents Go to Court]

In Kendiya Vidyalayas, German is set to be replaced with Sanskrit as the
third language.

   - nShar

*New Delhi <http://www.ndtv.com/article/list/cities/1/delhi>: * The
government has been given a week by the Supreme Court to explain its
decision to bar students from studying German as a third language in
Kendriya Vidyalayas or central schools across the country.

The Supreme Court's action is based on a petition by 20 parents of affected

Kendriya Vidyalayas - there are nearly 1,000 of them - are set up for the
education of the children of national government employees. Because these
government officers work in transferable jobs, the syllabus is uniform
across the country to ensure that children are not at a disadvantage when
they move to a new city.

Earlier this month, Education Minister Smriti Irani said that German will
be replaced with Sanskrit as the third language that students of Class 6-8
have to study. Nearly 70,000 students are affected by the government order.
The academic year ends in March, and many were facing the prospect of their
first test by next week.


   - Smriti Irani Turns Down Demands to Make Sanskrit Compulsory
   - German Out, Sanskrit In: Nearly 70,000 Students Have a Week to Get
   Ready For Exams
   - Kendriya Vidyalayas Drop German For Sanskrit: German Chancellor to
   Raise Issue With PM Modi, Say Sources

Ms Irani says that the national education policy dictates that apart from
Hindi and English, students at Kendiya Vidyalayas are required to study a
third language, but a foreign language like German cannot fulfill that
requirement. Sanskrit is said to be a popular option in northern states,
but Ms Irani has said that other Indian languages like Tamil are acceptable
and will be taught "if even one student wants".

In 2011, an agreement was signed between Kendriya Vidyalayas and Max
Mueller Bhavans or Goetha Institutes, which are  tasked by the German
government to propagate the country's culture abroad. Ms Irani says that
contract, which led to the introduction of German at central schools, was
incorrectly signed in the first place and could not be renewed in September
this year.

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel flagged the issue with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Australia


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