The Tamil Nadu government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it would be difficult to implement Samacheer Kalvi or the Uniform System of School Education this academic year.
The Tamil Nadu government had appealed against a Madras high court order, asking it to implement uniform syllabus for classes 1 to 10 this year. The Supreme Court had last week asked the government to distribute the textbooks to students by August 2 but adjourned the case to Tuesday for further hearing.
When the court resumed hearing, NGR Prasad, appearing in connection with a PIL filed by the State Platform for Common School System, told the court that the government had not distributed textbooks even two months after the schools reopened.
On behalf of the Tamil Nadu government, advocate PP Rao argued that at present the books under the uniform syllabus were not of good quality and the government wanted to raise the standard to a higher level. Therefore, the government needed time and it would not be possible to implement the system this year.
Intervening in the proceedings, the bench sought to know when the Tamil Nadu government would be ready to implement the syllabus and if it had set any deadline for the same. Rao said this would take some time as a high-level committee had to be set up to review the current syllabus, and steps would be taken to implement the system in the next academic year.
The arguments will continue on Wednesday.