Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Monday made it clear to primary schools that they will have to apply to the State Government from the next academic year seeking permission for teaching in English medium.

The court said the Government, on its part, could consider the application by primary schools for teaching in English medium from the next academic year (2008-09).

Justice S. Abdul Nazeer passed the order on petitions by two primary schools that had challenged the refusal by the State Government to permit them to teach students in English medium.

The schools alleged that the jurisdictional Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) had issued notices asking why their institutions should not be derecognised as they were found to be teaching in English.

They said the main contention of the State is that they had violated the undertaking they had given to it at the time of starting the institution that they would impart education in primary school students only in the mother tongue of the child. The State, they claimed, had concluded that the schools had violated the undertaking and were teaching in English medium.

The schools said the Full Bench judgment on July 2, 2008 had quashed the State policy on mother tongue. Though the Full Bench had upheld the Government order of 1994 which dealt with the language policy, it had said that students of private and unaided educational institutions could not be forced to follow the Government policy on medium of instruction.

The schools said as per the Full Bench order, they are eligible to teach students in the language of their choice and that the State could not force them to teach in an particular language. They urged the court to direct the State to permit them to teach in English medium.

The Government advocate submitted that since this academic year had already commenced, the schools could apply for permission to start English medium institutions only in the next academic year.

Justice S. Abdul Nazeer disposed of the petitions, permitting the schools to apply for permission during the next academic year.


A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice Mohan Shantanagouder on Monday came to the rescue of two visually challenged students and permitted them to take examinations in music.

The students, both from Mysore, said though they wanted to take degree examinations in music, they could not do so as they had been refused permission. They said a single judge had sometime ago dismissed their petition seeking a direction to the authorities to allow them to take examinations.

The Bench allowed the appeal and directed the authorities to permit the students to take the degree examinations.