[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Karnataka Schools seek Department of Public Instruction nod for English medium

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Nov 28 22:29:37 UTC 2014

Karnataka Schools seek DPI nod for English medium
[image: More than 5,000 private schools in the state have decided to knock
on the doors of the Department of Public Instruction]
More than 5,000 private schools in the state have decided to knock on the
doors of the Department of Public Instruction

*Bengaluru: *More than 5,000 private schools in the state have decided to
knock on the doors of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), seeking
permission to start English medium from STD I itself.

Presently, as per the new ‘renewal and registration’ policy adopted by the
DPI, private schools are not allowed to run English medium between I STD
and V STD.
“On Wednesday, the state high court has directed the DPI to process an
application filed by a school about starting English medium instruction
from Std I itself.

We have submitted several representations seeking permission to start
English medium with Kannada as the First language. But till now DPI has not
replied,” said Mr. D Shashikumar, general secretary, KAMS.

“High Court as well as the Supreme Court have struck down the language
policy of the state government. Unfortunately, DPI is now pursuing delaying
tactics. We have Kannada as the first language. But in the name of language
policy, curative application, DPI is not allowing the schools to start
English medium from  Std I,” he charged.

“As the government has not bothered to resolve the issues arising after the
Supreme Court verdict on language policy, now the government should act
immediately to solve the tangle caused by unauthorized schools.” He
continued, “The government is responsible for creating these unauthorised
schools over a period of time in the name of language policy. After several
attempts from representatives of the association, the language policy is
still a neglected one,” he alleged.

“The government,” he urged, “at least now, should act as per the High Court
directives and give permission for English medium. It should also provide
permission for 6th and 7th standard to those who were denied all these
years in the name of Language policy,” he reminded.

“The old schools should be treated as authorized and convert to the new
system without charging additional fees, as per the new rule which has been
passed on 11/11/2014. All existing nursery schools under one establishment
should  be registered without financial constraints and seek minimum
required infrastructure, keeping in mind  the larger interest of
educational institutes and society,” he signed off.

*From the academic year 2015-16, students from disadvantaged groups can
apply for free seats available in the private schools under Right to
Education (RTE), online. According to the decision taken by the Department
of Public Instruction (DPI) parents and students would be allowed to apply
both online as well as offline. “We have already developed a software for
this purpose. There is a provision to select schools and upload necessary
documents,” informed an officer who is following the developments.*


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