A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice A K Siki issued notices to Human Resources Development Ministry and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on the PIL filed by woman lawyer Santosh Singh on the issue.

"Issue a writ...and direct both respondents (Centre and CBSE) to include moral science in syllabus of School Education i.e. Class I to Class XII in order to include moral values and nurture national character in the national interest," the plea said.

The petition said that there is a rapid degradation of moral values in the society where 'making money anyhow' is the sole motto of life.

The society needs a value-based moral education system by humanizing education and making students global citizens with universal values, it added.

"Keeping in view moral values vis-a-vis materialism, a new school curriculum needs to be revamped to include spiritual knowledge to enable students not to succumb to the pressure of participating in rat race of life which would not reduce him to the level of a rat only," the plea said.

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