TIBETAN SCHOOLS SEEK EXEMPTION FROM TEACHING KANNADA
Context: Several Tibetan schools located in Karnataka are seeking exemption from teaching Kannada as the first or second language, which is mandatory for all schools in the State.
- Currently, there are over 12 Tibetan schools in Karnataka, mostly located near Madikeri and are affiliated to Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE).
- The schools are currently teaching Tibetan as first language, while English is second language.
- Teaching Kannada will be difficult for them as they need to teach students Tibetan and English, in case they have to return to Tibet in future or for higher studies
The state has made it compulsory to introduce Kannada as first or second language in all schools from the 2018-19 academic year.
THE COMPULSORY KANNADA LANGUAGE LEARNING ACT 2015
- As per the Kannada Language Learning Act, all schools have to teach Kannada in a phase-wise manner.
- The act allows the government to impose penalty of `500 for first violation of the Act and if they fail to stick to the Act, then the department can impose `100 as penalty each day.
- If the schools refuse to comply even after the second notice they can be recommended for disaffiliation.