Kannada for class I from 2018-19, including KVs, CBSE and ICSE schools in Karnataka

Kannada mandatory in CBSE and ICSE

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BENGALURU: The state government intends to make Kannada mandatory in CBSE and ICSE schools will become a reality from the 2018-19 academic year.
On Friday, primary and secondary education department minister Tanveer Sait said Kannada will be introduced at class I in all schools, irrespective of their affiliation.

“From 2018-19, we will bring Kannada as an introductory language at class I and then gradually introduce it till class X in subsequent years. By 2026-27, Kannada will be the second language in all CBSE and ICSE schools, including the Kendriya Vidyalayas in the state,” he said.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology said the government will give an exception to only those students who come to the state, from outside, at a higher grade.

“For example, if a student joins the school at class VI or VII, then we will allow him to take up the introductory Kannada language syllabus that is taught in class I. But otherwise all of them will have to learn Kannada,” said the minister.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology said the private schools in the state went to court, but that was dismissed and the government now has even the backing of the legislation by bringing all schools irrespective of their affiliations under its ambit.

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