[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Karnataka: High Court order a setback for State

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Nov 28 22:24:36 UTC 2014

High Court order a setback for State
        Private educational institution had questioned government’s attempt
to permit only private Kannada-medium primary schools

The State’s “indirect” attempt to prevent permission to start
English-medium primary schools has received a setback with the High Court
of Karnataka directing the government to receive application from a private
educational institution in this regard.

Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the interim order on a petition filed by Modern
Education Society, Ejipura, Bengaluru. The society had questioned the State
government’s November 11 notification, which “indirectly” made an attempt
to permit only private Kannada-medium primary schools from classes 1 to 5
for 2015-16.

G.R. Mohan, counsel for the petitioner-society, had contended that the
government had adopted an “indirect” way to “frustrate” the Supreme Court’s
verdict of May this year, in which the government’s 1994 language policy of
the State was declared “unconstitutional”.

The language policy had made it mandatory for all schools in the State to
impart education only in mother tongue or Kannada from classes 1 to 5.

Meanwhile, in response to the High Court’s notice, it was submitted on
behalf of the government that the Education Department did not include the
receipt of application for classes 1 to 5 for English-medium schools due to
a decision taken by the State Cabinet to file a Curative Petition before
the Supreme Court seeking relook into the verdict on its language policy.

However, Justice Bopanna observed that “…at present the decision rendered
by the Supreme Court would permit the choice of the language to the
parents,” while directing the authorities to receive application filed by
the society seeking permission to start English-medium schools for classes
1 to 5 with a similar fee as has been fixed in respect of the
Kannada-medium schools.


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