[lg policy] continuation of previous posting on English-medium schools in Karnataka

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 16 14:21:01 UTC 2012

The government has already given permission to open 341 English
schools for the current academic year, but the move has been severely
opposed by the litterateurs. They have set 15-day deadline for the
government to withdraw the order.

Ruling out withdrawal of the order, Kageri pointed out that lack of
government-run English medium schools have been one of the main
reasons for the private schools to seek donation from the students.
"Government's move to open English medium schools is in tune with 1994
language policy. Opening English medium schools has nothing to do with
neglect of Kannada. The Kannada language schools is our prime
importance," Kageri defended.

The minister said the Karnataka high court in 2009 opined that
government can open English medium schools right from class one.
However, the government has appealed in the Supreme Court on this
order. The apex court has made Union government, a party to this case.
"I have met Central ministers several times and urged them to come
with a comprehensive language policy so that the states have clear
picture on the subject. The response from the Centre was not
encouraging," Kageri said.


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