'Sanskrit row : no exam of third language in 2014-15'
The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on Monday informed the Supreme Court that there will be no examination for the third language in this academic session (2014-15) for those students who have to take Sanskrit midway in place of German.

The affidavit in this regard was filed by the KVS, a day before the apex court is likely to take up the petition which had questioned the Centre''s decision to do away with German as the third language.

The KV, in its affidavit, said that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also been informed about its decision which was taken at its 99th meeting held on October 27, 2014.

In support of its decision, the KV has annexed the correspondence with the CBSE in its affidavit. The affidavit and the annexures have been served to advocate Reena Singh who is appearing for a group of parents of KV students.

The KV's letter to the CBSE said this arrangement to exempt students from appearing in third language in class eight is in conflict with the scheme of studies prescribed by the Board.

"It is expected that all the students would have studied three languages upto class eight. Those students who could not clear the third language in class eight, and have been promoted to class nine, shall be examined by the school concerned at the end of class nine in the same syllabus and text books are prescribed for class eight."

"Those who are still unable to clear the third language at the end of class nine may be given another opportunity in class 10. No student shall be eligible to appear at the secondary school examination of the Board at the end of class 10 unless he/she has cleared the third language," the KVS letter said.

The CBSE in response to the KV's concern, said that in the interest of the students and in view of the emergency explained in the letter by the KVS, they are granted exemption from examination in 2014-15 in the third language by the CBSE.

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"Thus, these students would be eligible to appear in the board examination of 2016-17," the CBSE replied to the KVS.

Tomorrow's hearing would take place in the backdrop of December 8 hearing in which the apex court had asked the Centre to clarify the implications of its decision to introduce Sanskrit in place of German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas on students who will appear for the Xth Board examination.

Observing that "no student should be put to difficulty" due to introduction of Sanskrit in the mid-session, a bench of justices A R Dave and Kurian Joseph had asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to take instructions on the issue and brief it on December 16.

The court's direction had come after petitioners had submitted that a student has to complete three-year language course before he is allowed to appear for the Board exams.

The petitioners had said that due to change in language in mid-session, the students will not be able to complete the three-year course in Sanskrit and they will be barred from appearing in the Board exam.

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Earlier, the Centre had stuck to its decision on replacing German as the third language with Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas but conceded that no exam would be conducted for the subject in the current session.

The Centre's decision not to conduct exam for Sanskrit, introduced in the middle of the ongoing session, came after the apex court had expressed concern that students would suffer because of government''s decision.