[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Karnataka Private schools to step up pressure on government

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Nov 28 22:31:37 UTC 2014


Private schools to step up pressure on governmentTanu Kulkarni

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   -  [image: The Supreme Court has quashed the State’s language policy of
   1994 making regional language or mother tongue the compulsory medium of
   instruction. FILE PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM]
    The Supreme Court has quashed the State’s language policy of 1994
   making regional language or mother tongue the compulsory medium of
   instruction. FILE PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
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  HC has directed the govt. to receive application from a private
institution to start English-medium primary school

Following the High Court of Karnataka’s direction to the State government
to receive application from a private school to start English medium
primary school, other private schools have decided to step up pressure on
the government to register the existing Kannada schools as English schools.

However, with the government set to file a curative petition in the Supreme
Court — which had quashed the State’s language policy of 1994 making
regional language/mother tongue the compulsory medium of instruction —
there remains uncertainty over how the State would respond to these
applications. In effect, school associations pointed out that the question
was whether or not the State would implement the High Court’s ruling in
spirit.

Mohammad Mohsin, Commissioner, Public Instruction, said each school would
have to submit individual applications and they would be reviewed in
consultation with the government.

Karnataka Unaided School Management’s Association (KUSMA) submitted a
request to the Department of Public Instruction last month to register more
than 1,300 schools imparting classes in English medium but had permission
to conduct only Kannada-medium classes. “We will submit fresh applications
by the month-end. If the government fails to accept them in a week, we will
move a contempt petition,” said KUSMA advocate K.V. Dhananjay.

With the language policy stuck in courts for two decades, many State board
schools are registered as Kannada-medium schools but impart lessons in
English.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/private-schools-to-step-up-pressure-on-government/article6640704.ece


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