BENGALURU: Students from classes 1 to 6 may end up learning in their mother tongue, as per Centre's proposed New Education Policy. In a meeting chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani here at Bengaluru, the education ministers from the south put forward this recommendation.
According to a senior official, all the southern states were of the opinion that students should be taught in their state's language till class 6. Some other states too put forth similar recommendations to the Ministry, which also feels that this proposal holds weightage and would be considered. Given this proposal is accepted in the New Education Policy, all schools "“ state board, CBSE, ICSE and international will have to follow it compulsorily.
The Karnataka government has been fighting for 21 years to implement Kannada as the uniform medium of education from classes 1 to 4 in government schools. Their petition has been ruled out by the Supreme Court stating that the parents, and not the government have the right to decide their children's medium of education. So far, 26054 recommendations have been received by the Centre on the New Education Policy.