Clear applications for English schools within 15 days: HC

Clear applications for English schools within 15 days: HC

The vacation bench of the High Court has ordered the State government to clear applications for English-medium schools within two weeks from Tuesday.

Hearing a contempt petition filed by Shubodaya Vidya Samasthe (SVS), the Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association (Kusma) and others, a division bench of Justices Anand Byrareddy and B Veerappa directed the government to consider schools’ applications for permission to make English the medium of teaching, which have been pending since 2009.

M P Srikanth, the counsel for SVS, said the government had not obeyed a specific order given by the High Court to accord permission for English-medium schools based on their applications in 2008 and 2009, thus violating the orders of a constitution bench of the Supreme Court and a full bench of the High Court. He urged the court to initiate action against the authorities concerned.

Counsel for Kusma, K V Dhananjaya, too demanded that the authorities concerned be punished for disobeying court orders. “We are 1,800 private unaided schools, all registered as Kannada-medium schools. After the High Court verdict in 2008-09, we have been teaching in English  through protective orders of the Supreme Court and the High Court. We have been demanding registration of our institutions as ‘English medium’ schools, but the government has rejected our applications. It has been behaving contemptuously,” he said.

That, however, cannot be the solution, the court observed and asked the government to explain the delay in granting permission even after the matter had been settled.

The government cited the Gram Panchayat elections for the delay in considering the applications and stated that it would grant permission for schools after inspection, and sought time. Justice Byrareddy directed the government to consider the applications within 15 days. The petitioners have been directed to submit the list of schools to the authorities.

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