'Improving quality of Kannada medium schools only way out'

Meet upset over medium of instruction in schools



“Government should take up this issue seriously and frame an action plan to improve the quality of education in Kannada medium schools. Unless they are made attractive, there is no point in criticising those who are enamoured by English medium schools,” the meet opined.

Sahitya Parishat had convened the meeting in the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Karnataka High Court’s order against the government’s decision to make Kannada medium mandatory from I to IV standard.

The apex court had observed: “If the states try to impose their mother tongue on unwilling students, it may turn counter-productive and make them ineligible even for clerical jobs.” The meeting expressed its unhappiness over the statement.

Litterateur Bola Chittaranjandas Shetty said the main reason for the present situation of Kannada is the negligence people showed towards English in the earlier years. “If we had given equal priority to both English and Kannada, we need not have regretted now. States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh do not have confusion in this regard since they were careful from the very beginning,” he said.

Carstreet Government PU College Principal P P Joseph said inferiority among the Kannada medium students can be eliminated if English is taught as a language from the I standard itself. He appealed to parents to “practice what they preach” while opting medium of instruction for their children.

Beary Sahitya Academy Chairman M B Abdul Rahman said Kannada’s present status is a result of lack of political will. He said English is a must in the competitive world but nobody can suppress the power and significance of the mother tongue.

Makkala Sahitya Sangama Secretary B Srinivas Rao said the confusion over the medium of instruction gets solved automatically once the quality of education goes up.

Kannada Sahitya Parishat DK unit President S Pradeep Kumar Kalkura said the proceedings and resolutions of the meeting would be sent to the government within a week.

He also said one more meeting of academicians and educationists will be conducted soon to discuss the issue further.

Danseuse Jayalakshmi Alva and student Srilakshmi inaugurated the programme.

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