In a setback to the Jayalalitha government in Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed immediate implementation of the uniform education system introduced by the earlier DMK government in Tamil Nadu.
The SC snub sparked off celebrations in Chennai among the DMK functionaries.
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi described the SC order as a "big lesson for AIADMK from the Supreme Court." Asking his party colleagues to celebrate the event, Karunanidhi hoped Jayalalithaa would change her approach now.
A three-judge bench headed by justice JM Panchal dismissed the state's plea that Uniform System of School Education (Amendment) Act was sub-standard, lacked quality and was politically motivated. The court said the act should be implemented within 10 days.
After assuming power, the Jayalalitha government had moved to amend the act on the ground that it was sub-standard and the syllabus prescribed to promote the political interest of the DMK government.
The Madras high court had, however, struck down the move to amend the act.
Challenging the HC order, the Tamil Nadu government defended its decision to defer the Act's implementation on the ground it suffered deficiencies.
Senior counsel PP Rao, appearing for the state, said the curriculum under the act "lacked quality, standard and did not conform to the parameters fixed by the NCERT."
Rao contended the former VC of Bhartidasan University, Professor Muthukarupan, on whose recommendations the Act was formulated, had complained that the syllabus lacked quality and did not fulfill the suggestion and guidelines prescribed by him.
The HC had also directed the state to distribute textbooks printed under the Uniform System of Education to enable teachers to start classes and to complete the exercise by July 22.