No religious education in schools without govt approval: HC
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday said there should not be religious education in schools, including private educational institutions, without approval from the government.
The HC made the observation while pronouncing a verdict over a petition filed by Hidaya Educational and Charitable Trust of Manacaud in Thiruvananthapuram against the school being shut down.
The school was shut down following an intelligence report that only students belonging to a particular community was being enrolled in the institution. Following the move, the school management approached the court.
The HC brought in restrictions on religious education in government schools. The court clarified that religious education should be held in private schools without the approval of the government.
Giving importance to one particular religion is against secularism. Though everyone has the freedom to propagate one’s own religion, it does not bode well when working for a common objective, the court clarified.
The HC also directed the Education Department secretary to issue an order in this regard. Students should grow up learning various cultures, HC clarified. It also approved the order to close down the Hidaya school.