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Kannada: SC says can’t ignore English

In what has come as a setback to the Karnataka government,the Supreme Court has declined to stay the High Court decision quashing the order making Kannada....

In what has come as a setback to the Karnataka government,the Supreme Court has declined to stay the High Court decision quashing the order making Kannada the compulsory medium of instruction from Class I to IV in all schools of the state.

In fact,the Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan,Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan was annoyed at how states insist on teaching in their mother tongue,which could be counter productive in a world where English language rules.

“They are unable to get even clerical posts. It is easy to say things. How do we survive in the world?” the Bench observed in response to the state counsel’s argument seeking to implement its order on imposing Kannada in schools.

Appearing for the state,senior counsel P P Rao,quoting experts,claimed it was essential to teach the mother tongue at an impressionable age for overall intellectual and cultural development of the child. Unimpressed,the Bench observed: “Parents are ready to pay Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 for getting their children admitted in English medium schools. This is the real state of affairs. They do not want to send them to schools of their mother tongue. It should be left to the parents.”

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First published on: 22-07-2009 at 02:11 IST
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