'English medium in primary schools not desirable'

The Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) may soon express its objections to the government’s plan to introduce English medium education from primary classes in its schools.

“We have sought an appointment with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to discuss this issue. He has also stated that a meeting of educationists will be called before taking a decision. Introducing English medium will not be a correct move now,” said KSP president Manu Baligar.

He told media persons here on Tuesday that around 50% of resolutions passed at the Akhila Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelanas were implemented, but the remaining could not be implemented due to court cases and other reasons.

The KSP has also proposed that the government notify two minutes and 30 seconds as the maximum duration to sing the Nadageethe, without leaving any part of the song composed by Kuvempu, Baligar said.

As many persons, including poet K S Nissar Ahmed, have lamented that the duration of the Nadageethe is being dragged unnecessarily, a meeting of 43 persons including writers, educationists and Kannada activists was called to discuss the issue. Five singers presented the song and it was shown that the entire song can be sung within 2.5 minutes, he said.

Around 80% of the preparations for the 84th Akhilka Bharat Kananda Sahitya Sammelana to be held in Dharwad from January 4 to 6 are over and this event would have several specialities like more sessions compared to previous literary meets, Baligar said.

Widows would also participate in the procession with poornakumbhas to be held on the inaugural day of the Sammelana.

Even men and transgenders can take part, but nobody should be forced to participate, he added.

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