Schools Can’t Teach One Religion Exclusively: Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court on Friday held that schools which are required to have recognition under the RTE Act are not entitled to impart religious instruction or religious study of one religion exclusively in preference to other religions.

Justice Muhammed Mustaq was examining the question “do private unaided schools which require State recognition have the right to promote a particular religion to the exclusion of other religions while imparting elementary education?”

The writ petition was filed by a private unaided school run by Hidaya Educational and Charitable Trust, Manacaud, imparting elementary education, challenging the State’s action of closing down the school on the premise that it promotes exclusive religious instruction and admits only students from one particular community thereby posing threat to the secular fabric of society

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