[lg policy] India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/English-medium-status-eludes-schools-in-Bengaluru/articleshow/48766068.cms

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Sep 2 15:36:06 UTC 2015

English-medium status eludes schools in BengaluruTNN | Sep 2, 2015, 02.07

BENGALURU: For the past few months, managements of several city schools
have been running from pillar to post to get themselves registered as
English medium.

Though a high court order has allowed schools to teach in English from
class 1 itself, the department of public instruction (DPI) is yet to
transfer registration of existing schools. However, schools elsewhere in
the state aren't facing any problem.

The HC directive came after the private school management associations
moved against the state government's language policy which mandates all
schools offer education from classes 1 to 5 in Kannada medium.

Delay in getting English-medium status has left managements panicky as they
could be considered illegal. The DPI's inaction is only adding to the
confusion, more so because the DPI's Hubli and Dharwad divisions have
initiated the process of changing schools' status.

Said a senior DPI official from Dharwad: "35 to 40 schools in Dharwad,
which moved the court against the government's language policy, have been
converted to English medium. We are only following the court's directive."
Added a senior official in Gulbarga, "Only schools which moved the court
have been allowed to offer English medium from the primary level."

D Shashi Ku mar, general secretary of the Karnataka Associated Management
of English Medium Schools (KAMS), said despite court orders, DPI officials
are harass ing city-based schools by not making the necessary changes.

Last year, the DPI published a list of hundred schools that are registered
as Kannada medium and teach in English from class 1, terming them illegal.
Shashi added, "The department declared many schools unauthorized, alleging
we violated the language policy. But now there is no policy in the state;
parents frequently ask us if our schools are even legal."

KV Dhananjay, counsel of Karnataka Unaided Schools Managements' Association
(Kusma), said, "The government has failed legally in taking steps to
implement the language policy. Some schools are not aware of it and the DPI
is harassing and blackmailing such schools."


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