[lg policy] Karnataka: Banned English schools in 2006, now wants the language from LKG: HDK’s U-turn

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Jun 16 10:30:31 EDT 2018


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 Harold F. Schiffman
Banned English schools in 2006, now wants the language from LKG: HDK’s
U-turn
<https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/banned-english-schools-2006-now-wants-language-lkg-hdk-s-u-turn-83139>
In 2006, Kumaraswamy passed a diktat asking 1,00,000 students to change
schools as he had put a ban on English learning in 2100 primary schools.

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Second-time Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy recently announced that
English will be taught along with Kannada in government schools from next
academic session.

But when he was the CM in 2006, Kumaraswamy was opposed to this very idea.
In fact, Kumaraswamy hadpassed a diktat
<http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/sep/27spec.htm> asking 1,00,000
English-speaking children to change schools as he had put a ban on English
learning in 2100 primary schools in the state.

Moreover, 800 schools were reportedly derecognised then for using English
as a medium of instruction. All this was done apparently keeping in mind
the 1994 state language policy which dictates that no language other than
Kannada can be used as a medium of instruction in the state’s schools.

This year, however, Kumaraswamy has completely changed his stance.

“We are already setting the stage for English to be taught as a language in
the lower kindergarten (LKG) and Class I of government schools,” the CM
told reporters on Thursday.

The statement by the CM came soon after the Karnataka government mulled not
giving permission for the setting up of new private schools. At the time,
an official from the department of the department of primary and secondary
education said that parents from economically weaker sections choose to
admit their children in private schools under the Right to Education
category instead of government schools.

In fact, in 2018, introducing English is something that the JD(S) had
promised in their manifesto in the run-up to the elections. Their manifesto
had the mention of introducing “Spoken Kannada” and “Spoken English” in
government schools.

“The proportion of children studying in government schools has come down
from 76% to 58%. Quality of teaching in government schools have not been to
the satisfaction of parents. Private schools that are teaching in English
Medium are attracting children. Children from economically weaker sections
are suffering from poor quality education in government schools. We will
improve quality of teaching in government sc

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

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