[lg policy] India: Schools may have to cough up just ₹500 for not teaching Kannada

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 10:23:27 EST 2018

 Schools may have to cough up just ₹500 for not teaching Kannada
<http://www.thehindu.com/profile/author/Tanu-Kulkarni-380/> Tanu Kulkarni
Bengaluru, January 28, 2018 23:52 IST
Updated: January 28, 2018 23:52 IST

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The rule: All schools, including Central board schools, have to teach
Kannada as first or second language under the Kannada Language Learning
Act, 2015.
DPI is set to crack down on institutions that have not implemented Kannada

Almost three months after it was made mandatory for all schools, including
Central board schools, to teach Kannada as first or second *language *
<http://www.thehindu.com/tag/546-428/language/?utm=bodytag>under the
Kannada Language Learning Act, 2015, the Department of Public Instruction
(DPI) is set to crack down on institutions that have not implemented the

Experts, however, have pointed out a major hurdle in ensuring compliance:
Schools have to cough up a penalty of only ₹500 if they have not started
teaching *Kannada *
<http://www.thehindu.com/tag/555-546-428/kannada/?utm=bodytag>as the first
or the second language.

According to rules framed under the Act, all schools, including those
affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Council for
the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), once proved guilty of
violating the norms, should be punished with a fine which may extend up to
₹500. If the offence is a continuing one, they have to pay a daily fine
that is “not exceeding ₹100 during the period of contravention of the Act
or the rules.”

*Inspections *

In a circular issued last week, the DPI said as per the Act, all schools
have to mandatorily teach Kannada as the first or second language for class
one students for the 2017–18 academic year. It has also said that the rule
should be implemented phase wise up to class 10 in the coming years. The
department has also formed a supervision committee that will inspect and
penalise schools that are not teaching Kannada.

It has asked the jurisdictional education officers to ensure that these
schools teach Kannada from the 2018–19 academic year for classes one and
two. It has asked all schools to submit the number of Kannada books they
would require for this purpose and provide this information in the Student
Achievement Tracking System (SATS) so that the data could be sent to the
Karnataka Textbook Society, which will provide textbooks.

*Demand to amend rules *

Kannada activists and experts are now demanding that the rules should be
amended and a more stringent penalty imposed so that schools fall in line.

Writer Baragur Ramachandrappa said, “The recognition of schools needs to be
withdrawn. The department is not asking them to impart education in
Kannada. It is only asking them to teach Kannada as a language and this is
the least that private school managements can do.”

He, however, said there was a need for the department to hold a dialogue
with private school managements and convince them to teach Kannada.

President of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat Manu Baligar said the State
government should impose a more stringent penalty that can extend up to
₹25,000 so that schools fall in line.

Department officials, however, said that schools would fall in line
“despite the meagre fine” as they will not want to be blacklisted by the

M. Srinivasan, president of the Managements of Independent CBSE Schools’
Association, said, “We are getting ready to take the legal route and want
to ask the High Court to leave the choice to parents and students. A
language policy which has got the President’s nod states that CBSE schools
should teach Hindi as the second language. English is the first language.
The State government has asked us to teach Kannada as the first or second
language. So, it puts us in a quandary and forces us to violate rules
framed by either the State or the Central government.”

Sujatha K.V., a parent, said, “Many schools are in a fix as to how they
should accommodate Kannada. CBSE schools are supposed to teach two
languages from classes one to four but since November 2017 they are
teaching three languages. In fact, some schools are terming both Hindi and
Kannada as the second language.”


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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