One Nation One Education Board: SC Defers Hearing On PIL After Centre Says Similar Plea Dismissed Earlier
The Supreme Court today deferred the hearing on a PIL seeking a direction to introduce ‘One nation One Education Board’ instead of present multi-board system and a value-based education system to verify the claim of the Centre that an identical PIL on same issue was earlier dismissed by the apex court.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee has called for the records of the “other PIL” and deferred the hearing to next Friday.The bench had issued notice to Centre on May 22. The adjournment came after counsel for the Centre Harish Pandey urged this new PIL on the same issue should not be entertained as a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra dismissed an identical PIL on December 8 last year.
The PIL filed by Supreme Court lawyer and BJP Spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay said there must be no discrimination in quality of education. The right of a child should not be restricted only to free and compulsory education, but must be extended to value-based equal quality education without any discrimination, it said.
He sought a direction to the Union government to ascertain the feasibility of ‘One Nation-One Education Board’ in the place of the existing multi-board education system, viz. ICSE and CBSE, among others. He said children are vulnerable and they need to be valued, nurtured, caressed and protected.A student of a government school was ill-equipped to compete with the student of a private school that provided British or French systems of education, the petitioner said.
It also said the right to education implied the idea of equal quality education. “Article 21A is the most important fundamental right and other rights are meaningless without effectuating it effectively throughout the country. Right to Education stands above other fundamental rights, as one’s ability to enforce the fundamental right flow from one’s education,” the petition said. In December 2017, a Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanw