[MTC Global] Supreme Court says no to compulsory Yoga education in schools

EW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to make Yoga education compulsory in schools saying that it was for the Centre to take a call on such issues.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta dismissed a petition filed by an advocate to make Yoga compulsory in schools after Centre opposed the plea.

"We are no body to say what should be taught in schools. It is none of our business. We cannot pass such order, " the bench said.
In its affidavit, the human resource development ministry informed the SC, "RTE Act does not specifically mention about the curriculum of yoga. As such, it cannot be concluded that yoga education has become an enforceable fundamental right. Yoga is an integral part of the curriculum of 'Health and Physical Education', which is a compulsory subject for Classes 1 to 10. To that extent, yoga has not been neglected in school education."

The Centre also clarified that education figured in the concurrent list and a majority of schools were under the control of states and Union Territories. Hence, it was for states and UTs to ensure compliance of the provisions of NCF, under which yoga is an integral part of 'Health and Physical Education' at all levels of school education, it said.

"Implementation of various subject areas, including yoga, depends upon states and UTs concerned," an official said. "NCF 2005 provides that yoga may be introduced from the primary level onwards in informal ways, but formal introduction of yoga exercises should begin only from Class 6 onwards," it said. "So far as schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education are concerned, which has adopted NCERT curriculum and syllabi, 'Health and Physical Education' is compulsory for Class 1 to 10 and optional at Classes 11 and 12," the Centre said.

​Source: TOI​

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