Karnataka: KSP demands committee of experts on English

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Sun Dec 10 14:17:50 UTC 2006

BELGAUM: Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Chandrashekhar Patil has
demanded the government to constitute a committee of experts comprising
paediatricians, psychiatrists and educational experts before taking a
final decision on introducing English as a mandatory subject from Class 1
in primary schools. The Parishat will abide by the recommendations of the
committee and the government should consider this option before taking a
unilateral decision in this regard, Patil told reporters here on Friday.

He said various reports given by experts, including former chief minister
Veerappa Moily, have opposed the introduction of English from Class 1.
Directions of courts are as per the government's language policy of 1994
and reports of Indian and foreign experts. "We are all opposed to
introduction of English from Class 1 and will abide by any recommendations
made by committee of experts", he added. Preparations for the 73rd all
India Kannada literary meet, to be held in Shimoga, are in progress and
the government has released Rs 1 crore while an additional Rs 1 crore have
been generated from local resources. The Parishat will also publish 73
books to mark the meet and for the first time the meet will be inaugurated
by a nonpolitician literary personality G S Shivarudrappa and presided
over by poet Nisar Ahmed, Patil said. The chief minister will participate
in the valedictory he said.



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