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Don’t drag in language policy: Horatti to literati

Don’t drag in language policy: Horatti to literati
DH News Service Bangalore:

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Basavaraj Horatti echoed the Chief Minister’s view that there won’t be any going back on teaching of English in Kannada-medium schools from June 1, 2007.

Mr Horatti told the media on Tuesday that the decision to talk to Kannada writers was only to “make them understand the issues involved better”.

He also clarified that “this decision has nothing to do with the language policy, which is in the High Court at present. Ours is an independent decision to empower students, while the case is all about mother tongue being the medium of instruction or not”.

Deccan Herald records a few more views in this regard:

Good only if…

According to Mysore University Vice-Chancellor Shashidhar Prasad, “it all depends on how the policy is going to be implemented. If English is taught to children as a communicative tool, it is good. But it should not become a literary subject”.

Welcome move

Says Dr Siddalingaiah, Chairman, Kannada Development Authority, “I welcome the government’s decision to introduce English as a language from the first standard. Medium of instruction at the primary level should be Kannada, and English can be taught as a language. “Meanwhile, the State Government should make all efforts to get the stay on the judgement that makes primary education in the child’s mother tongue compulsory, lifted,” the KDA chief says.

Good news for the poor

Dilshad Begum, parent of a I standard student, is all gratitude. Says she, “Ours is a lower middle class family. We are really happy to hear that the government is going to teach our son English on its own.

“We are not capable of paying high fees and getting him into a big school to be taught English. It is good that he can look for a better job, say, at a call centre, later,” she adds.

‘English helps us grow’

Former Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Thimmappa has welcomed the move, saying “Kannada helps us look for our roots while English helps us grow. To study science, one needs to learn English language.

“As VC, I had tried to introduce Kannada medium at PG level. But the right books were not available. Same was the case with subjects related to the arts. More than Kannada, the progress of Kannadigas is important and, for this, learning English is necessary,” he notes.

Rank hypocrisy

M Parthasarathy, parent of a Std II student, observes: “First the threat over the derecognition issue, and now the language controversy. I think our children are the most unfortunate to be studying in these situations. People who oppose English as a instruction medium in primary schools send their children and grandchildren to English schools. Why shouldn’t our children have the same privilege?”

“It’s settled”

B Somshekar, JD(U) leader, says: “I support the government’s decision. The Education Department has obviously took the decision after several rounds of consultations, so I think there is no need to have any further debate.

“We should equip our students to move with the trend of globalisation and privatisation. In fact, my strong view is that the government should have a three-language policy. Students should study English, Kannada and any other language of their choice”.

Let charity begin at home

Hitting out at some of the litterateurs who have opposed the state government’s decision to introduce English as a subject from the first standard, JD (S) MLA Dr K Annadani has urged them to “first inspire their children, grand children and relatives to study in Kannada medium.”

Dr Annadani, who is also chairman of the Legislative Assembly’s Backward Classes & Minorities Welfare Committee, termed the litterateurs opposing the introduction of English as “anti-Kannada and those opposed to the welfare of farmers, poor and oppressed sections”.

He hailed the government’s decision to introduce English as a step which would help the development of poor, farmers, Dalits and OBCs.


October 11, 2006 - Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report

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