This Article is From Aug 11, 2010

Girl forced to take Sanskrit moves Delhi High Court

Girl forced to take Sanskrit moves Delhi High Court
New Delhi: A girl student of Class XI moved the Delhi High Court questioning the action of Delhi government-run school of forcing her to take Sanskrit instead of English.
     
The High Court sought a response from NCT government and one of its schools for compelling the girl to take Sanskrit subject in Humanities stream instead of English.
    
Seeking  their replies by August 17, Justice Rajiv Sahai issued a notice to the Department of Education, NCT Delhi and Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Sultanpuri as also to CBSE.
    
Appearing for Jyoti Gupta, the petitioner, counsel Ashok Agarwal wondered whether government-run-schools could legally compel the students of Class XI (Humanities stream) to take Sanskrit instead of English.
    
The action by the government school is arbitrary, discriminatory, unfair practice, unconstitutional, illegal, unjust, against the paramount interest of students, he said.
    
According to him, the school has compelled Jyoti to take Sanskrit instead of English in Class XI (Humanities stream) whereas she has been insisting on English and is not at all interested in Sanskrit.
   
In the petition, Jyoti said the act of the school was violative of fundamental rights as guaranteed to her under the Constitution and Delhi School Education Act, 1973.
    
"It is also violative of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and DOE Circular dated 28.05.2010 laying down the admission criteria for admission in Class IX", she added.