Bangalore, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

The Karnataka Government has decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court's recent verdict on the medium of instruction in primary schools.


The Apex Court on May 6 quashed the Karnataka government's 1994 Language Policy making mother tongue or Kannada the compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools.

Speaking to mediapersons after chairing the meeting yesterday, Mr Siddaramaiah said the review petition would be filed before June 5.

"The state had only two legal options. If the review petition was not considered, the government would file a curative petition," he added.

Mr Siddaramaiah said he would also seek support of other Chief Ministers and will write to them in this regard soon to ensure that mother tongue was made the medium of instruction in the country.

"Besides the review and curative petitions, the only other option is an amendment to the Constitution, making mother tongue the compulsory medium of instruction. We will appeal to the Centre for the Constitutional amendment," he added.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Law and Parliamentary T B Jayachandra, Minister for State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar, Minister of State for Kannada and Culture Umashree and Advocate-General Ravivarma Kumar.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)