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Chief Minister makes a telling case for English – ‘I AM UNSURE OF USAGE’

Chief Minister makes a telling case for English
DH News Service Hassan:

As confessions of this sort go, you won’t get a more disarming one.

“Even though I know English, I am still unsure of the correct usage of grammar”, says Chief Minister H D Kumara-swamy.

He then goes on to deliver the sucker punch, the one that should hit opponents of English smack in the eye: “if this is the case of a person in a responsible position, imagine the lot of a poor farmer’s son?”


The CM’s ‘admission’ came during a chat with reporters here, in reaction to the opposition to introduction of English as a compulsory subject from Class 1 in all schools.

“Though I am a graduate, I’ve problems speaking English. I don’t want the children of poor parents to have such problems,” he explained.

He was obviously driving home the point that introduction of English as a compulsory subject is no more a negotiable issue. And he wanted litterateurs and experts to desist from “giving statements from Bangalore, without taking stock of the situation at the grassroot level”.

English has become a ‘necessity’ at the global level. Not learning it deprives children of many opportunities, he said.

Why should Kannada language and culture be reserved only for the villagers, he asked. According to the Constitution, all people are eligible to learn any language.

It is the duty of the government to safeguard the interests of all people, Kumaraswamy pointed out and added that teachers would be appointed during the next academic year itself so that learning English no longer poses a problem.


October 18, 2006 - Posted by | CIIL Kannada, Govt. of Karnataka - GoK

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