[lg policy] Karnataka: Order will help set the record straight for private schools

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Feb 28 21:12:19 UTC 2015

Order will help set the record straight for private schools

Several private schools that registered as Kannada-medium schools, but used
English as their medium of instruction due to State government’s 1994
language policy which enforced mother tongue or Kannada, hope the High
Court order will help set the record straight.

Sources in the department also said the government was in the process of
formulating the new language policy, which aims to make Kannada a
compulsory subject in all private schools. But, they added that the first
challenge was to identify the number of English-medium schools that on
paper had Kannada medium permission. Data compiled by the department in
this regard is ambiguous.

For instance, the District Information System for Education (DISE)
2014-2016 data states that there are only 453 English medium lower primary
schools (classes 1 to 5) and 6,350 English medium higher primary schools
(classes 1 to 7). This has been strongly contested by experts.

D. Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the Associated Managements of Primary
and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, says majority of 12,734 private schools
are teaching in English medium, but the department’s data suggests that
only nearly 6,800 schools are English medium. It is hard to believe that
the remaining 6,000 odd schools run in Kannada medium.

He added that the private school associations would undertake a poster
campaign to spread awareness about the constitutional rights of the parents
and students. He alleged that the State’s language policy made it more
difficult for poor and middle-class parents, who aspire for an English
medium education for their wards.

Mohammad Mohsin, Commissioner for Public Instruction, said the department
will now look into the latest order along with various court orders for
deciding the norms and conditions before granting permission to new English
medium schools


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