English to be Compulsory in all Karnataka Government Schools

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Teaching English to be Compulsory in all Karnataka Government Schools

Soon, all government schools in Karnataka will have to compulsorily teach English as one of the languages from class I. Hitherto, only some government schools are complying with this rule.

Primary and secondary education minister Kimmane Ratnakar said on 1st October, 2013 “English from class I is among one of the assurances in the Congress manifesto. We must implement it from the beginning of every academic year. This year, we must start the project at the earliest.”

The decision has been taken to prevent students from moving to private schools, he said, adding that there will be no examination for English from classes 1 to 5.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Vidyavahini project under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the minister said that there will soon be around 6,000 schools with community – based interventions like the school – adoption programme.

“The new Companies Act says every company should spend at least 2% of its profit on corporate social responsibility initiatives. I’d like to tap the opportunity. We need around [rupee] 300 crore to improve school infrastructure. The government can’t spend so much. So I have decided to launch the school – adoption project in a big way to improve facilities.”

From next year, textbooks, bicycles and uniforms will be distributed on time. “We are not responsible for this year’s delay. But next year, these will be distributed from the beginning,” he said.

Regarding the high drop – out rate among Muslim students at all levels, Ratnakar said a report on the status of Urdu schools and students studying there will be available in 15 days. Krishna Iyer, secretary general of Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, said : “The problem lies in implementation. The government will have to ensure good training is provided to teachers too.”

Vidyavahini Project : Reporting an out – of – school child can now be done at the click of a button. All you need to do is fill in the ‘child – tracking’ form and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will take over. This can be done under Vidyavahini – an online tracking system for out-of-school children introduced by SSA. Log on to the website, fill basic information. The department will pick up the information and enroll the child.