Source: News Bharati English14 Jul 2017 13:45:19

Bangalore, July 14: As per the recent declaration by the Karnataka state government Kannada is mandatory for all schools in the state. On Thursday the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait said that starting from August 1, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) will now have Kannada either as a first language or a second language.

Chief Minister Prof SG Siddaramaiah being the chairperson of Kannada Development Authority (KDA) urged the state to incorporate the changes in the education system. The committee suggested including Kannada as a compulsory subject from standard 1 to 10 in all schools and also advised to print question papers for all competitive exams in Kannada.

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait said, “This year onwards, Kannada will be made mandatory from 1st standard till 10th standard in all boards. This will help students learn to read and write Kannada and be familiar with the language of the state in which they reside”.

Previously, the department in the process of framing draft rules for the Kannada Language Learning Act, 2015 which has now been made public. In reality, Section 3 of the Act maintains that it is mandatory for all the schools to teach Kannada to the students either as first or second language.

Member of Delhi Public School management and secretary of Karnataka CBSE schools association Mansur Ali when asked about that if they were prepared for the change answered, “We are more than happy to teach students Kannada and we are prepared for this. We have been telling parents that this change will be implemented. In fact, it is good that students will learn their local language and be comfortable with it. However, I see a problem with respect to parents who have transferable jobs and the change might affect their children adversely. Nonetheless, this an encouraging moves.”

BM contacted school authorities to ask if they were prepared for the change. Mansur Ali, the member of Delhi Public School management and secretary of Karnataka CBSE schools association, said, “We are more than happy to teach students Kannada and we are prepared for this. We have been telling parents that this change will be implemented. In fact, it is good that students will learn their local language and be comfortable with it. However, I see a problem with respect to parents who have transferable jobs and the change might affect their children adversely. Nonetheless, this an encouraging move.”