Scrap English in govt schools, writers tell CM

Scrap English in govt schools, writers tell CM

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. (DH File Photo)

A delegation comprising Kannada scholars, writers and activists mounted pressure on Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday to rollback English education in government schools, which started under the previous H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition regime. 

The delegation, which had scholar M Chidananda Murthy, writers Doddarange Gowda and Go Ru Channabasappa among others, told Yediyurappa that providing English-medium education in government schools can lead to a decline in Kannada medium schools. 

“We’re not against the English language, but it should not be the medium of instruction,” Gowda said, according to a release from the chief minister’s office. 

Kumaraswamy took personal interest in introducing English-medium sections because he believed it was a good way to improve admissions in government schools. The plan reportedly worked as these 1,000 government schools saw a rush for enrollments. 

Murthy is said to have told the chief minister that the government should focus on ensuring Kannada became the medium of instruction in private schools. 

Channabasappa went a step further and asked the government to enact a law under which the medium of instruction cannot be changed for Classes 1 to 7. “Every government takes differing decisions. We can’t allow experimentation in the education sector,” he said. 

Yediyurappa assured the delegation that he will convene a meeting of experts soon and take necessary action.