New Delhi: The Supreme on Tuesday frowned upon
the imposition of mother-tongue as a compulsory medium of
instruction in educational institutions and warned it could go
against the interests of students struggling in the present
competitive world dominated by English language.
A three judge bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan,
Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan felt if states try to
impose their mother-tongue on unwilling students, it could
turn counter-productive and make them ineligible even for
"They are unable to get even clerical posts. It is
easy to say things. How do we survive in the world?" the bench
told the Karnataka government for its decision to impose
Kannada language as a compulsory medium of instructions for
Class 1 to 1V.
The apex court rejected the argument of senior counsel
P P Rao appearing for the state who, quoting experts, claimed
mother-tongue was essential to be imparted at an
impressionable age for overall intellectual and cultural
development of the child.
"Parents are ready to pay Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 for
getting their children admitted in English medium schools.
This is the real state of affairs. They do not want to send
them to schools of their mother-tongue. It should be left to
the parents," the bench observed.