The Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh (SSS), the teacher’s association that prompted Kendriya Vidyalayas to drop German as their third language has now targetted the private schools.
The Central Board of Secondary Education was served a legal notice since it couldn’t make its affiliated schools adopt Sanskrit as a third language. Private school students have learnt Spanish, French or German as their third language and continue to do so.
Owing it to the response from the board, the SSS has decided to present its case in front of the High Court. It had earlier even moved Kendriya Vidyalaya to the Delhi HC in 2013 as it introduced German as a third language, instead of Sanskrit.
The SSS officials protested against government schools violating the three language formula. The three language formula states that schools ought to teach Hindi, English and one modern Indian language. That eventually led to SSS winning the case with the HRD Ministry replacing German with Sanksrit.
The tussle has led schools to welcome and rekindle interest in a classical language like Sanksrit, although, they feel the change to be too sudden. Most private schools have refused to comment and are only willing to break their silence after the board speaks up