[lg policy] Bangaluru:Resolve Language Issue as Per Supreme Court Verdict: HC

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Feb 26 20:57:53 UTC 2015

Resolve Language Issue as Per SC Verdict: HC

By Express News Service

BENGALURU:Taking note of the fact that the admission process has begun
already, the High Court on Wednesday observed that a crisis may arise if
the matter of language policy is not resolved as per the Supreme Court

Justice  B V Nagarathana asked, “What is the difficulty in allowing English
medium schools from first standard to fifth standard by implementing the
apex court’s verdict on medium of instruction?”

The court was hearing a petition filed by the Associated Management of
Government Recognised English Medium Schools in Karnataka (KAMS)
challenging the government notification issued on November 11, 2014,
mandating Kannada as medium of instruction for primary schools to be
started newly.

Earlier, G R Mohan, advocate representing the petitioner, referred to the
Supreme Court verdict on language policy which stated that schools can
teach English medium as per the choice of parents. Justice Nagarathna
turned down the request of Advocate General Prof Ravivarma Kumar  to
adjourn the matter till the first week of April. He had sought for time
saying the state will be able to form a language policy on medium of
instruction after the debate in the assembly, but before the academic year
2015-16.  Justice Nagarathna asked him why permission cannot be given to
English medium schools subject to the result of the curative petition filed
by the state before the Supreme Court on the final verdict of language

She observed that this court as well as the state government should be
bound by the verdict of the apex court which gave the right of choosing
medium of instruction to  parents. The issue cannot be dragged on  as the
admission process has already begun, she said.

Justice Nagarathna’s observations came after the Advocate General explained
that the state had filed a curative petition against the verdict and it
cannot be listed in advance on account of Holi and other holidays. “We have
also met President Pranab Mukherjee and the Union Government to bring a
national policy on medium of instruction,” he said. However, Nagarathna did
not take it into consideration and adjourned till Friday.


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