The Karnataka government after facing various legal setbacks have finally decided to amend the rules related to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education(RTE) Act, 2009, so that they could make Kannada the medium of instruction up to class 5 in the state. The bill for the amendment would be tabled in the legislature session on Monday.
Framed in tune with the education policy of the state, the cabinet finally decided on Thursday to amend the Karnataka Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2012. On the issue of medium of instruction a curative petition was pending before the Supreme Court for long.
After the Cabinet meeting law minister TB Jayachandra said, “At present, the Act stipulates the medium of instruction should be the mother tongue. The government plans to replace it with Kannada.” The government had previously filed a curative petition when the Supreme Court overturned a review petition by the government that Kannada should be the compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools.
Jayachandra, defending the stand taken by the Karnataka government further said, “The cabinet unanimously emphasized the importance of teaching in Kannada. We decided to stand by it by amending the rules and sending out a loud and clear message.” He further argued that many neighboring states have previously amended their Education Act to incorporate their state languages as the medium of instruction in primary schools, so why not Karnataka.
The minister also said that the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had written regarding the matter twice to the Prime minister and demanded a common law for all states. He added, “We had no choice but to amend the law.”