[lg policy] In high-tech Karnataka Kannada language to be the instrument of teaching in schools

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 In high-tech Karnataka Kannada language to be the instrument of teaching
in schools
March 31, 2015

‘Protecting’ the Kannada language.

AB Wire
[image: Young_students]

BENGALURU: Karnataka lawmakers are one step closer to enforcing Kannada in
schools, as the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday adopted two prominent Bills
including the “Kannada Language Learning Bill 2015″ and the “Right of
Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2015,”
which seek to provide primary education (Standard I to V) in Kannada.

However, the latter needs to obtain presidential assent to become
legislation since it requires a Constitutional amendment, according to The

Both the Bills were unanimously accepted after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
assured the House he would lead a delegation of floor leaders from each
parties in the State legislature to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
about the need to effect a Constitutional amendment for enforcing Kannada
as medium of instruction for primary education.

He also pledged to raise the issue at the meeting of the National
Development Council to be convened by the Prime Minister, and noted that he
had already written to all the chief ministers seeking their co-operation
in the matter, reported the Hindu.

Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar told
The Hindu implementing Kannada as medium of instruction in primary school
as well as subject from I to X Standard would go a long way in protecting
the language.

The Supreme Court had previously rejected a revision petition filed by the
state government seeking review of its ruling which upheld a Karnataka high
court judgment striking down its government order issued in 1994 to impose
Kannada or mother tongue as a medium of instruction in primary schools.

“The amendment would help the government in its arguments before the
Supreme Court when the curative petition related to its language policy is
taken up,” according to The Times of India.


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