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Unaided schools to teach kannada

How is everyone seeing this new move from Unaided schools. KUSMA (association of unaided schools) has made kannada teaching mandatory for ICSE/CBSE schools. Quoting from this newindpress article:

Karnataka (Recognised) Unaided Schools Managements' Association (KUSMA) has asked all schools, including CBSE/ICSE schools in the state, to make Kannada as a compulsory subject from Class 1 to 10 ... the association appealed to all member institutions and CBSE/ICSE schools to teach Kannada as a subject “as it the language of our culture and has been upheld by the High Court and the Supreme Court.”

Are we welcoming this move? It may also be their way of scoring points before state vs KUSMA battle resumes in Supreme Court.

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silkboard's picture

from this year itself?

and will it apply to current students, say the ones who are in class 5 or 6 today. Or will it start with class 1 students next academic year, and kannada language will be taught all the way till class X?
blrpraj's picture

why this? there are more pressing needs

I wonder why additional subjects in the form of languages need to be rammed down the throats of already stressed students when there are more pressing needs in making improvements in the education system. Let the students interested in languages choose them as electives, let the parents&children choose the medium of education that way whoever feels Kannada is best for them can go to a Kannada medium school. Whoever wants to go to an English medium school can go to one and if one wants to learn Kannada can take it up as an elective subject. The end goal of the education system should be the all round development of a student with a wide variety of skills which are common to everybody irrespective of the language they are taught it.
s_yajaman's picture

Blrpraj - I wish


This is a political issue as votes hinge on this.  Children's education is the last priority in this issue.  One would think parents can take care of our children's interests, but children here have become a tool of the state and its politics.

You can see the reactions to the HC ruling - "Kannada will suffer" - not "Children's education will suffer" to see what the overriding priorities are.

Tough decision - we really as parents really don't have much choice in terms of what is taught in a school.  We like to think we have a lot of choice, but how much influence do we really have on the syllabus, etc. 



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murali772's picture

MLC bats for English

"Students from Kannada medium are at a disadvantage in the career race as their fluency in English is not too good. Students who have scored 90 per cent in Kannada medium are not getting jobs, while English medium students even with 65 per cent are sure of jobs." says Puttanna.

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murali772's picture

It's the parents' choice

A SC Bench observed: "Parents should be allowed to take a decision as to which medium of instruction suits their child. They are in the best position to judge the interest of the child". For more, click on:

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nijavaada's picture

it is clear, then

Mr. Murali772 quotes a useful snippet in his first comment above - saying fluency in the English language is what jobs today need. Mind you, it doesnt mean that your vocational education should have happened in the same medium. All it demands is fluency in that tongue. 65% grade vocationally is even okay. Period.

So while not dealing with technical capabilities - which we dont want to compromise with, BTW - this snippet does point only to a need to have good English language education and NOT good education in English! Subtle difference, yet very important to realise. Something many parents here also may have to think about.

Dont want to give a rather out-of-reach example here, but this observation does add value - one can see that all the famous poets, linguists, scientists of Karnataka have been equally eloquent in both Kannada and English - the former being their foundation. So while learning in Kannada is undisputed, the potential (of even english medium schools) to teach good English is questionable, and in need of refinement.

That apart, the question somewhere in Swamy's post is whether we in Praja want to welcome this move for what is there in it for Kannadigas. And I dont think remaining portions of your snippets are inclined towards replying to that. At Praja, I think we want to see what's the potentially best future for us, and not what we can somehow make and ensure our existence.

What we're today, is not what we want to remain tomorrow - be it getting jobs only because we can fluently speak an alien tongue - and I guess that ideology is close to what Praja would like to play host to.


Vinay's picture

Language, language, language...

Language politics is one of the easiest ways to gain publicity, get the masses to notice you, etc. etc. etc.

Just leave the choice of language to Children/Parents. Those who want to be educated in a particular language for whatever reason, can do so - why don't we just leave it to the discretion of the parents and guardians? Demand and Supply will take care of the ratio of Kannada medium to English medium schools. Never underestimate the power of Demand and Supply.

And what the.. how is one supposed to work in a transferrable job (central government bureaucracy, Army, Customs, banks, etc.), with transfers every three years. Is the kid supposed to learn one new language every three years, for each state that he goes to?

As long as we have politicians or wannabe politicians the language card will constantly be played by them..


blrpraj's picture

guys sorry to interrupt the discussion in this forum...

...but I think this is important. sorry to cross post on all the culture threads but this merits discussion and is of the utmost importance probably compared to other topics at least till a protest is lodged -

I would recommend every individual reading this to take pains of drafting a letter to our prime minister demanding an explanation and action. This is a national shame. We did not do anything about the Shiv Sena mess, but now this is happening in our own backyard.

vivek_shankar153's picture

Kannada in Karnataka..........

it's amazing how people think twice of learning Kannada. Karnataka was formed keepin in mind interests of Kannada foremost. hence Kannada in Karnataka should not surprise anyone, it's like French in France and German in Germany. Everyone has their language and laws to protect their language. in a group of 100 people if only 10 dont speak the language of the land then one cannot make a law that hampers that other 90 that's utterly ridiculous. While learning English is all right learning Kannada in Karnataka is a must. one cannot go on thinking of few people in transferable jobs and ignore the majority. that has been the bane in India the minority concerns are more importnat than majority. comment guidelines

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