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ENGLISH FROM FIRST STANDARD, A STUPID DECISION: DEJAGOW

ENGLISH FROM FIRST STANDARD, A STUPID DECISION: DEJAGOW

 

http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=news&item=10977

 

 


Mysore, Oct. 14 (KCU)- The decision of the Government to teach English language from the first standard is nothing but height of stupidity, regretted litterateur Dr. D. Javaregowda.

Speaking at a function organised under the auspices of Mukhyaprana Cultural Academy, to release a collection of his plays, at Maneyangala in Kalamandira premises here on Tuesday, Dejagow opined that the politicians have taken a hasty decision. Pressure from bigwigs in the education sector too has added in decision-making. The Chief Minister feels that the poor should learn English. He has surprisingly created a new link between poverty and English. Learning of the latter will alleviate poverty is the latest discovery of the Chief Minister, he ridiculed.

“By teaching English from the first standard, the young kids would be totally confused. The combination of alphabets in English to form a word and its pronunciation as per phonetics is different. For example, the configuration of alphabets in the words BUT and PUT are same but pronounced differently. That would totally confuse the kids. Kannada has the rich and best structure of alphabets in the world which can be easily understood by young kids. The Chief Minister appears to be ignorant of this fact. Let him come, I will teach him the basics,” he challenged.

“Nobody condemns English language, but the point is that the students should learn Kannada for the first two years and from third standard onwards English could be taught. I also love English and its contribution is needed for the growth of Kannada literature. Kuvempu too was well-read in English literature,” he observed.

“Ultimately, the politicians are listening to the words of industrialists. Instead, they should have consulted linguists and littera-teurs. Holding a legislature session at Belgaum was a welcome move but our politicians for every good deed they do, it is counterpoised by ten bad ones,” said Dejagow.

Former Minister Viswanath Reddy Mudnal released the books. Chutuku Sahitya Parishat Convenor Dr. M.G.R. Urs, Dasthi Institute Director Dr. Thimmaiah, Mysore City Co-operative Bank President P. Nagaraj and MDJA President Amshi Prasannakumar were present.

Mudnal felicitated Venkatesh (Pinto), the convenor of the Academy.

October 15, 2006 - Posted by | Blogroll, KANNADA

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