[EDLING:1652] Three-language formula in the offing in Karnataka
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jun 8 04:01:39 UTC 2006
Three-language formula in the offing in Karnataka
Bangalore, June 7 (PTI): The Karnataka Government is contemplating introducing
a three-language formula at the primary school level under which it envisages
introducing English as a subject from first standard in Kannada medium
The issue would come up for discussion at the next cabinet meeting and a final
decision was expected to be taken by this month end, Minister for Primary and
Secondary Education Basavaraj Horatti told reporters here.
Under the proposed formula,the Government intends to make learning of Kannada
compulsory in all schools including private from first to fifth standard,
introduce English as a subject in all Kannada medium schools, particularly in
Government schools from first standard and withdraw its earlier order making
learning of Kannada an optional subject in schools run by linguistic
minorities, he said.
The Government was keen on introducing English from first standard in its
schools to check the onslaught of English medium schools and exodus of
children to such schools.
The strength in Government schools has been dwindling as parents have been
sending their wards to private english medium schools even in rural areas.
However,opinion among academicians and political leaders remain divided over
the issue of introducing English with a section favouring it and other
opposing, insisting that Kannada be made compulsory.
Private managements, which secured permission to start English medium schools
prior to 1994, have refused to make learning of Kannada compulsory.
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