Shimoga: Making Kannada compulsory can lead to problems

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Sun Jun 17 15:06:38 UTC 2007

*Making Kannada compulsory can lead to problems *


Federation of private unaided schools fear that the decision to make Kannada
medium mandatory in schools, which have violated language norms may result
in new problems. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Sheshachala
of the federation informed that 37 schools in the city have violated
language norms in which 5,000 students are pursuing 1st standard in the
present academic year.

Admitting the allegations that private managements have failed to honour
language norms, he said that private schools will abide by the Court's
verdict and the government's instruction in this regard. However, if Kannada
medium education is made mandatory, the schools will be forced to shut doors
as most of the parents have got their wards admitted in these schools for
English medium education, he observed.

This will create new problems for the government as accommodating these
students in English medium schools will become difficult as only 8 schools
in the city have got permission from the government for offering English
medium education prior to 1994, he remarked.  Parents of 5,000 children who
are pursuing their studies in schools violating language norms in the city
are in favour of English medium education. Considering their wishes, the
government should provide alternative arrangement for them, he demanded.

@Copyright Udayavani 2007
Via edling-list
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