[lg policy] Bangalore: State High Court issued emergent notices to officials of education department (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:00:04 -0400
From: Harold Schiffman <hfsclpp at gmail.com>
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Subject: [lg policy] Bangalore: State High Court issued emergent notices to
     officials of education department

Bangalore, Jun 2: The state High Court on Monday June 1, caused
issuance of emergent notices to three top officials of the education
department, in connection with the contempt of court petition filed by
Rajajinagar Education Trust and Karnataka Unaided Schools Management
Association (KUSMA), relating to the non-adherence to the High Court
guidelines regarding the medium of instructions issue.

The petition relates to non-compliance of the order dated April 6
passed by the High Court Judge, Justice Mohana Shantanagouder. The
division bench comprising of Justice K L Manjunath and Justice C R
Kumaraswami passed the said order.

It may be recalled that the single judge bench chaired by Justice
Mohana Shantanagoudar, relating to a petition filed by KUSMA, had
ordered the government to study the order passed by a full bench of
the High Court in the past and to implement the same within four
weeks.  The notices are now being issued to principal secretary in the
primary and secondary education department R J Nadadur, department of
public instruction commissioner Kumara Nayak and Bangalore North
deputy director of public instruction P C Chandraiah, who have been
named as the defendants in the contempt of court case.

The High Court had in the past, directed that the children and their
parents should be given the option of choosing their mediums of
instruction and that they should not be pressurized to learn in a
particular language.  The appeal preferred by the government against
this order, is under consideration at Supreme Court. The government is
of the opinion that the schools which want to teach the children in
English, need to wait till the Supreme Court announces its verdict.

The city DDPI had rejected applications made by certain private
educational institutions to teach in English. The division bench had
set aside this order.


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