Karnataka Govt to challenge HC order on language policy

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Bangalore, July 8 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said the State Government will file an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the Karnataka High Court order on medium of instruction in private schools.

Mr Yeddyurappa announced the decision of going to the Supreme Court in the next two days in a meeting called with pro-Kannada organisations to find a solution on High Court order that private and unaided primary schools should not be compelled to impart education to the students only in their mother tongue, Kannada.

The participants, including writers, language experts and legal experts in one voice expressed their opinion that the High Court verdict was against the formation of linguistic states and violating the earlier order of the SC in implementation of the mother tongue as medium of instruction at primary level.

The Chief Minister said the Government was committed to promote Kannada and its culture and would improve the quality of Kannada-medium schools by attracting more students to take up admissions in their schools.

Mr Yeddyurappa said the Government would provide priority in jobs for students, who study in Kannada at primary level.

It may be recalled that the Karnataka High Court on July two had held that private and unaided schools were free to choose their medium of instruction on petitions filed by associated managements of government recognised unaided English-medium primary and other educational Institutions challenging the 1994 language policy.


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