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‘Withdraw order making Malayalam compulsory in Kannada schools'

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Schools in Kasaragod ordered to teach Malayalam as first language


The new Kasaragod MLA, Nali Kuni, has opposed the order, says KDA chief Chandru

Vatal Nagaraj stages protest in Bangalore urging Chief Minister to take it up with his counterpart


Bangalore: The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has criticised the Kerala Government's decision to impose Malayalam as the first language in Kannada-medium schools located in Kasaragod and other districts of Kerala and demanded the immediate withdrawal of an order in this connection.

The Kerala Government has issued the order directing Kannada-medium school managements to teach Malayalam as first language instead of Kannada. As many as 80 schools have been teaching Kannada as first language to students in 1 {+s} {+t} to 10 {+t} {+h} standards.

Order

The previous LDF Government had issued the order on making Malayalam learning compulsory, which would harm the interests of Kannada-speaking people, the authority has said in its press release.

A panel headed by R.V.G. Menon has made Malayalam learning mandatory in Kerala schools.

Letters

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, authority chairman “Mukhyamantri” Chandru said that a large number of people speak Kannada in Kasaragod district.

He had written letters to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Primary and Secondary Education Minister Visveshwar Hegde Kageri appealing to them to take up the issue with their counterparts in Kerala to protect the interests of Kannada-speaking people in the border areas of the State.

The decision to make Malayalam compulsory in schools would erode the number of Kannada-medium schools in the border district.

The decision would force many Kannada-speaking people to learn Malayalam in the district.

The new Kasaragod MLA, Nali Kuni, has also expressed opposition to the order, Mr. Chandru said.

Results withheld

The Kerala Government had withheld the results of 12 {+t} {+h} standard students who wrote examinations in Kannada, he said and demanded immediate declaration of the results.

Vatal protest

Meanwhile, Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj staged a protest here against the Kerala Government order.

Mr. Nagaraj and his supporters, who staged the protest near the Kempe Gowda bus stand, burnt an effigy of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Mr. Nagaraj told presspersons that he had requested Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to intervene in the issue.

He urged the Union Government to take steps to implement the recommendations of the Mahajan Committee which clearly mentioned that Kasaragod (of Kerala) was to be a part of Karnataka.

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