BANGALORE: The Karnataka Government has urged the Centre to adopt its stand on the issue of medium of instruction in
primary schools in the State while filing the counter affidavit before the Supreme Court. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa urged Dr. Manmohan Singh to advise the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to file the affidavit supporting the State’s stand on the language issue to adopt “convergence in the approach of the Centre and the State governments when the matter is heard by the Supreme Court”.
“It may be advisable for the Central and State governments to adopt a similar stand while filing the counter affidavit before the Supreme Court. In this connection, I would like to draw your kind attention to section 29 (2) (f) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which states that the “medium of instructions shall as far as practicable, be in child’s mother tongue,” Mr. Yeddyurappa wrote.
The apex court has posted the Special Leave Petition (SLP) for hearing at the end of August 2009.