[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Karnataka: At least 25 schools issued notices for violating department norms

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 18:33:36 UTC 2014

At least 25 schools issued notices for violating department norms

 Over 20 schools have allegedly violated Language Policy

At least 25 schools in the city have been served show-cause notices for
violating norms of the Education Department.

Of this, more than 20 schools have been issued the notices for violating
the State government’s 1994 Language Policy and running classes one to five
in English medium, although they have obtained permission to run classes in
Kannada medium.

Block Education Officers (BEO) were asked to crack down on schools
violating the department’s norms by November 29, and three-member
committees were even formed.

The schools have responded to the show-cause notices issued earlier this
month by BEOs by simply attaching the Supreme Court judgments.

A helpless BEO said: “We do not know what our next course of action should

Objecting to the crackdown, private school managements said the government
cannot act against schools for Language Policy violation as the Supreme
Court judgment quashed the government’s policy of making the mother tongue
or regional language the compulsory medium of instruction in lower primary
classes. The review petition filed by the government was also quashed
subsequently. The government has now moved for a curative petition.

After the review petition was quashed, associations had urged the
department to register schools as English medium. A meeting scheduled to
discuss the Language Policy on November 13 did not take place and has been
postponed to December.

D. Shashi Kumar, general secretary, Associated Managements of English
Medium School in Karnataka, said: “The government should resolve the policy
issue as per Supreme Court’s directives.”

In fact, last week, the High Court pulled up the government and questioned
its notification that permitted only Kannada-medium private schools for
classes one to five for the 2015–16 academic year.

However, a department official said that only some schools could take
shelter under the Language Policy judgment as they had made submissions to
the courts that they were running classes in English medium even though
they had obtained permission for Kannada medium.

“If schools show us documents that prove that they have applied seeking
permission for English medium, we will ask our officers not to take action.
But if they have made no such effort, they are cheating the department and
we will be forced initiate action against them.”

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