Bangalore: Committee of unaided schools to stage protest

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Sat Nov 25 23:00:11 UTC 2006

Date:26/11/2006 URL:

Committee of unaided schools to stage protest

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The Private Unaided Schools Action Committee will hold a
protest demonstration in front of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's
resident on December 12 demanding withdrawal of the government decision to
derecognise schools for flouting the State's language policy. The
committee, which held a meeting here on Saturday, decided to go in a
procession from Chikkalalbagh to the Chief Minister's residence and
present a memorandum. Over 5,000 people, including members of managements,
teachers, non-teaching staff and parents of children who are affected by
the order, are expected to take part in the protest, according to
committee president Venkatachaliah N.

Uniform policy sought

Mr. Venkatachaliah told The Hindu that the Education Department order
derecognising schools in the State was "unfair" in the absence of a
uniform language policy. The present policy allowed the rich to learn
English while depriving the poor access to the language, he said. The
Education Department derecognised 2,000-odd schools during the second week
of September for violating the language policy of 1994, which states that
the medium of instruction should be either Kannada or the mother tongue.

The schools had given an undertaking to the department in this regard.


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