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Schools Getting Govt Recognition Cannot Impart Religious Studies Of One Religion In Preference To Others: Kerala HC

Lawstreet Journal 25 Jan 2020 10:31pm

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In one of the significant judgements the Kerala High Court has observed that private educational institutions which require recognition of state government, are not allowed to impart religious instructions of one religion in preference to other religions and if at all schools want to impart it, then it should be absolutely based on religious pluralism. 

The judgment was delivered by Justice Muhamed Mustaque in the case of The Trustee, Hidaya Educational & Charitable Trust, Muhammed Umer v. The State Of Kerala & others on January 24, 2020. 

The writ was petition filed by a private unaided school, which was functioning without Government recognition or CBSE affiliation and had admitted more than 200 students all of them adherents to Islam, challenging the State's action of closing down the school on the premise that it promotes exclusive religious instruction and admits only students from one particular community thereby posing threat to the secular fabric of society.

The State Government acting on intelligence report had issued order of closure. Acting upon the Government direction, the Deputy Director of Education, Trivandrum, had issued the order of closure after an inspection. In inspection it was found that the syllabus was in accordance with the curriculum prescribed by MFERD (Millet Foundation Education Research and Development), which is common platform to Muslim Educational Institutions for sharing, networking, co-ordinating and co-operating among themselves, to complement the efforts of individuals, professionals and organizations to achieve excellence in the field of education within the boundaries of Islamic Shariah.

The Court observed that apart from achieving excellence… Continue Reading...

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