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Samacheer Kalvi: “amendment to Act valid legislation”

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CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday submitted before the Madras High Court that the amendment to the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act to defer implementation of the ‘Samacheer' system is a valid legislation that empowers the government to decide when to implement the syllabus after overhauling it thoroughly based on the recommendations of a committee.

In the counter affidavit to a batch of writ petitions challenging the amendment to section 3 of the Act, School Education Secretary D. Sabitha stated that the government wanted to provide good quality and standard education to students in nearly 54,000 schools.

With this motive, it had taken up the initiative to review the quality of the syllabus formulated under the Act.

A committee appointed as per the Supreme Court's directions was undertaking a detailed review of the syllabus, curriculum and textbooks prepared as per the Act.

The government submitted that its “prompt action” should not be termed hasty.

It was well settled in law that no mala fide or motive could be attributed to the legislature. The government prayed the court to dismiss the writ petitions.

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