Compulsory Kannada in schools is being implemented according to S.R.Srinivas, Primary and Secondary Education Minister.
The Kannada language will be compulsory in all schools across all boards. Students from Class 1 to Class 10 will be taught Kannada in all the schools.
Statement by Minister:
S.R.Srinivas, who is the Primary and Secondary Education Minister instructed all the Deputy Directors of Public Instructions (DDPIs) and Block Education Officers (BEDs) to make sure to implement compulsory Kannada Act or else get ready to face action.
AS per the Act, every school in Karnataka State including those affiliated to CBSE and ICSE boards are instructed to teach Kannada as first or the second language.
According to the Minister it is a State Act and is mandatory for schools to follow the same.
Reaction of Private Schools :
Private schools in the Karnataka State demanded to issue an order from the Central Government.
According to D.Shashi Kumar, General Secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, “We hope the minister convenes a meeting with us and understands the real difficulties in implementing the compulsory Kannada Act. The private schools are not against implementing Kannada, but the authorities concerned and the government must know the difficulties we are facing”.
There is provision to learn only two languages in the schools affiliated to ICSE.