English only way to uplift poor: Andhra to SC – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday sought stay of a high court order quashing its decision to impart primary education compulsorily through English medium saying it is the only means to mainstream poor and Dalit students, but the Supreme Court disagreed with the state’s contention.

Senior advocate K V Vishwanathan, appearing for the AP government, told a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramnian that the HC order quashing compulsory English medium instruction for students of Class 1 to 6 would adversely impact hopes and aspirations of poor and Dalit students. The HC struck down the decision even though 96% of parents want their kids to be educated in English medium.

“Education through English medium would help the students, especially those from poor and backward classes to come up in life and compete confidently with others,” advocate K V Vishwanathan said. He said the state government had said it would set up Telugu medium schools at Mandal headquarters levels with transport facilities to help those students who wanted to study in their mother tongue.

But the court was unimpressed. While adjourning hearing to next week, the bench said, “The questions arising from debate over English versus vernacular language are complex. Only in a few countries, the medium of instruction in schools is through a foreign language. You go to China, France, Germany and other developed countries, the medium of instruction is always the mother tongue.”

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