[lg policy] India's Supreme Court lets primary schools choose language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 7 15:41:25 UTC 2014

India's Supreme Court lets primary schools to choose language policy –

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*13:08 07/05/2014*

*MOSCOW, May 7 (RAPSI) -* The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday ruled
against government dictating the primary schools’ language policy, The
Indian Express reported.

Constitution Bench of the court ruled that: “State has no power to compel
linguistic minority to impart primary education by compulsorily imposing
regional language,” as cited by the The Hindu.

According to The Times of India, State would still be able to set mother
tongue as official language in government and government-aided primary
schools, while private schools as well as religious minority ones are
protected by the Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution which guarantees
freedom of expression.

In 1994 Indian state of Karnataka ordered to impose state’s mother tongue
Kannada as mandatory language for the primary schools. This decision
sparked a controversy in Indian society. Two-judge bench of Supreme Court
decided that this case should be considered by a larger panel because of
its great significance for the future of India, The Hindu reports.


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