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HDK: Govt. schools will teach English, but it won’t impact Kannada sovereignty

On the occasion of Karnataka Rajyostava, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said that the State government was making efforts to teach English language from class 1 to empower the rural population. He reiterated that the move would not have any impact on the sovereignty of Kannada in the State.

Addressing a gathering of hundreds of students who took part in the Makkala Mela event to mark the occasionat the Kanteerava stadium on Thursday, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the decision has been taken in the interest of students in rural areas so that they could avoid having an “inferiority complex”.

Budget mention

Interestingly, the Chief Minister, in his budget, had proposed introducing English medium in 1,000 government schools. The decision has been on the back burner owing to strong opposition and the focus seems to be on teaching English as a language from class 1.

Speaking at the Rajyotsava, Mr. Kumaraswamy said, “The State government will not let anything compromise the sovereignty of Kannada. It will be introduced as a language,” he said, adding that the government is ready to give all support for the development of government schools in the State, and has already allocated Rs. 1,200 crore to build the required infrastructure in schools and colleges.

Student enrolment

He made a reference to Marikamba Government School in Sirsi, which is doing outstandingly well on student enrolment despite receiving stiff competition from private schools.

“During the Janata Darshan, I noticed that job aspirants need skill-oriented training and communication skills. Keeping that in mind, efforts are on to start three skill-based universities in the State,” he said.

He also appealed to the people to defy the voices that are trying divide the State.

“It is due to the struggle of various leaders that we have a unified State. We should join hands for the overall development of the State, without discriminating among regions,” he said.

On the occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava, the Chief Minister announced the extension of the Ksheera Bhagya scheme to 10,567 children with disabilities studying in schools run by the non-governmental organisations in the State. He said that more than 58.3 lakh students are already beneficiaries of the scheme.

Under the scheme, students of government and government-aided schools and children in anganwadis will get 150 ml milk five times a week. Introduced by the previous Siddaramaiah government, this is one of the schemes aimed at mitigating malnutrition

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