Yoga in Schools: SC rules out making it mandatory
New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, dismissed the pleas seeking direction to make yoga compulsory in schools for students from classes 1 to 8.
While hearing two PILs filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer, and Delhi BJP spokesperson and advocate JC Seth, a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, the court said it can’t decide what is to be taught in schools but the government can take a decision on the issue.
Introducing yoga and making mandatory yoga classes for school students across the country cannot be imposed on anyone, the apex court said.
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Upadhyay had earlier sought direction from the National Council of Educational Research and Training, the Human Resource Development Ministry, the National Council for Teacher Education and the Central Board of Secondary Education to “provide standard textbooks on yoga and health education for students of Class 1 to 8”.