Kannada Language Mandatory for all students in Karnataka
All Students of CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV’s) in Karnataka will now have to study Kannada as their first or second language. This new ruling by the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Tanveer Sait, will be effective from August 1, 2017.
The State Government had received a recommendation from a committee headed by Prof SG Siddaramaiah, chairperson of Kannada Development Authority (KDA), urging the CM to incorporate the changes in the education system. The committee recommended the inclusion of Kannada in all schools from the 1st to 10th standards. There is also a recommendation from the committee to have question papers of all competitive exams in Kannada as well. Stringent action, including withdrawal of the no-objection certificate issued by the Education Department, would be initiated in case of non-compliance, Mr. Sait said.
The textbooks for Kannada are ready and 99.89% of printing has been completed. Digitized versions of Kannada textbooks will be made online. There are reports that even the Goa Government has been contacted in a bid to spread and protect the Kannada language. In addition to this, the State Anthem - ‘Nada Geethe’ - that illustrates the state’s pride and culture will be compulsory in the schools very soon.