Karnataka HC issues notice in petition challenging compulsory teaching of Kannada as first or second language in Karnataka schools

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A Single Judge Bench of Justice R. Devdas of the Karnataka High Court has issued notice to the State and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in a writ petition challenging the compulsory teaching of Kannada as first or second language in all schools of Karnataka including those affiliated to ICSE and CBSE boards.

The petition, filed on behalf of a student of Class IV in Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore, argues that the law mandating Kannada to be taught as first or second language in all schools is unreasonable as it does not take into consideration the issues faced by parents who have transferable jobs. The petitioners further submit that they have a vested right and liberty in the matters of providing education, medium of instructions and choosing language for the curriculum, and compulsion to study a regional language as either first or second language violates their fundamental rights. It has further been stated that students who had been studying languages of their choice in Classes 1, 2 and 3 are now being informed that they will be compulsorily taught Kannada as first or second language in Class 4 and the same will cause prejudice to the students. The Petitioner further argues that this is contrary to the vision and objective of the National Education policy 2020.

The judge issued notice to all respondents and has directed that the case be listed after three weeks.

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