HC quashes govts move to make English medium compulsory
Andhra Pradesh High Court has struck down the state government’s move to make English medium compulsory in all schools from the academic year 2020-21. On Wednesday the court ruled that medium is the choice of the children and their parents but it should not be made compulsion.
Two Publlic Interest Litigations (PILs) filed separately by Srinivasa Sudhish Rambhotla, a BJP leader, and Guntupalli Srinivas.
The judgement came as a relief to many educators and activists who had said that the move violates the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, which says that"the medium of instructions shall, as far as practicable, be in child's mother tongue".
Even the opposition Telugu Desam Also argued that the move of the government also would be disastrous for the language.
The Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy government released an order on November 5, 2019, proposed to convert “all government, Mandal Parishad Primary schools and Zilla Parishad schools and all classes into English Medium” from Classes 1 to 8 from 2020-21and for Classes 9 and 10 from 2021-22. In November 20, 2019, it had followed up the order giving permission to School Education department to “convert all classes from 1 to 6 in primary, upper primary, high schools under all managements into English Medium” from 2020-21 and to gradually extend to further classes. But the the orders were struck down by the High Court today.