Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy while addressing the gathering at Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Dharwad called the ‘Right to Education’ a bogus scheme. Stating that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) is diminishing and devaluing the Kannada language, CM Kumaraswamy called for the privatisation of both English medium and convent schools.

Kumaraswamy said, “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) is a bogus scheme. Due to English, Kannada is vanishing. Let’s do a resolution that private convents & English medium schools in the state should be privatised.”

He added that after Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict, Kannada medium schools have been converted into English medium schools and the fees of over 1.5 lakh students have been paid by the government and they’re studying in private English medium schools under Right to Education (RTE) but what remains essential to know is that RTE is a bogus scheme.

Last year, October 26, 2018, order stated that English-medium sections need to open in Kannada medium in lower primary classes. It added that the move will attract students to enrol in government schools. The order also said that government schools which teach English medium in upper primary classes, as well as the 276 Karnataka Public schools, need to be given a choice to begin English-medium from Class one.

Further, these English-medium classes were supposed to be operating in a phased manner. The English-medium courses need to start in class one from the academic year of 2019-20. The medium will then progressively grow class-wise for every academic year.

Kumaraswamy had to finalise whether English-medium sections will be opened in 1,000 government schools.