Hearing a plea seeking for the compulsion of yoga for students of classed 1-8 across the country, the Supreme Court has today dismissed the petition stating that the government should be taking decisions on such issues. The plea had also sought for framing of a national yoga policy across the country.
Ruling out the petition, the bench of justice of the apex court stated that Supreme Court has no authority to decide or direct how schools should be teaching. The plea made to the SC was by petitioners Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson JC Seth. The Supreme Court observed that ‘what is to be taught in schools is not a fundamental right’.
The petitioners also sought direction to the Ministry of Human Resources Development, NCERT, NCTE and CBSE and pleaded for a mandate to “provide standard textbooks of ‘yoga and health education’ for students of Class 1-8 keeping in spirit various fundamental rights such as right to life, education and equality.”
Earlier, in November last year, the apex court directed the Centre to treat the petition and take a decision on it. As reported by the Press Trust of India, the plea mentioned, “State has an obligation to provide health facilities to all the citizens, especially to children and adolescents. In a welfare state, it is obligation of the State to ensure the creation and sustenance of conditions congenial to good health.”