[lg policy] Karnataka files curative plea in SC, permission for English schools hangs fire

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 16:21:22 UTC 2015


Karnataka files curative plea in SC, permission for English schools hangs
firePavan MV
<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toireporter/author-Pavan-MV.cms>,TNN |
Jan 16, 2015, 05.25 AM ISTBENGALURU: Despite the Supreme Court judgment on
the language policy, things don't seem to have changed much on the ground.

Spurred by the judgment, schools had lost no time applying to the education
department for permission to shift to English as the medium of instruction,
and also start new institutions, but are still in a state of limbo.

TOI has learnt that these applications will be kept in abeyance as the
government is undecided on bringing back English as the medium of
instruction from class 1, as directed by the apex court. Sources said the
CM has directed officials not to approve or reject the applications.

More than a month ago, the high court directed the government to receive
applications from those who want to start English medium schools, following
the Supreme Court order eight months ago, ruling that parents could choose
the medium of instruction. Apart from the existing schools, the education
department has received more than 1,500 applications to start
English-medium schools in Bengaluru. Of 1,575 schools, the department
received 610 applications from Bengaluru North and 965 applications from
Bengaluru South.

Sources said the CM's direction follows the state government filing a
curative petition seeking a relook at some aspects it had raised, which
were not considered in the SC's final verdict on the language policy.
Advocate-general of Karnataka Ravivarma Kumar confirmed to TOI on Thursday
that the curative petition was filed in the SC a month ago.

Even primary and education minister Kimmane Ratnakar has no clarity on
whether schools will be allowed to implement English as the medium of
instruction from the primary level itself, from the forthcoming academic
year. On December 4, 2014, he said applications seeking to start English
medium schools will be considered only if schools meet the terms and
conditions of the government.

When Kimmane was contacted on Thursday to check on the permitted medium of
instruction, he said, "First, we'll decide about the pending applications,
which the HC has directed us to consider, then we'll think about the
remaining (new) applications."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Karnataka-files-curative-plea-in-SC-permission-for-English-schools-hangs-fire/articleshow/45905321.cms



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