Karnataka: Government violating Constitutional provision

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Tue Dec 19 12:57:29 UTC 2006

Government violating Constitutional provision

DAVANAGERE: The state government is violating Constitutional provision of
a student by withdrawing recognition of schools teaching in English
medium, said Karnataka (recognised) Unaided Schools Managements
Association (KUSMA) president G S Sharma here on Saturday. According to
Article 19 (1) (g), Article 26 and 30 (1) of the Constitution, every
citizen in the country has a right to set up any educational institution
and maintain them. And Supreme Court too in its verdict declared
Educational Institutions as autonomous bodies and state should not
interfere with the routine administrative matters.

According to the Supreme Court judgment in 1994 regarding language policy,
it said that English can be taught along with mother tongue of a children
in any school in the country at the primary level. But the state
government has not followed this rule and created confusion among both
parents and children, Sharma alleged. However, the schools which started
after April 1994 had obtained permission to run schools in Kannada medium.
But the pressure and demand of parents had pushed them start English
medium, he clarified. He said the government should not force any students
or parents to get admission in certain medium schools as the case still
pending in the court.



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