After various juridical orders to oppose the Karnataka Government, the Karnataka government is said to be thinking of pushing Kannada as the language for schools up to class 12th. The government officials said this a part of a two way strategy.
However, the legislative council of Karnataka government, in the budget session will pass a resolution based on which, Kannada should be obligatorily taught as a language for children studying up to class 12th in the state run syllabus school.
With this resolution, the Karnataka government would move towards amending the rules related to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act to make the Kannada as the medium of instruction up to class 5th.
According to state education minister, the bill will be moved to the legislative assembly during this budget session. He also added that the step taken by the government to make the Kannada as compulsory medium of instruction is good move. The minister also told that once the resolution is passed, one can choose whether the Kannada will be their first, second, or third choice. But it would be mandatory. Kannada students can also choose Hindi and English as their other languages.
Supreme Court once rejected the government decision that the mother tongue should be the medium of instruction in all primary schools. In February 2014, the state high court took action against the government for not implementing the Supreme Court's verdict on the language policy. Now, the state government has filed a preventive petition.