Vijayawada, April 15:  In a major embarrassment to the State government, the AP High Court on Wednesday suspended the GOs issued by the State to enforce English medium education in government and private schools. The HC found fault with the government for taking away the choice of opting mother tongue as medium of learning for students.

The High Court questioned the legality of the government’s move to enforce English medium in schools while hearing public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the compulsory implementation of English mediums in schools from the next academic session.

The PILs were filed by BJP leader Rambhotla Srinivasa Sudhish from Gannavaram in Krishna district and Dr Srinivas Gunturpalli from Eluru in West Godavari district. The PILs had challenged GO 85 issued by the school education department on November 20, 2019 making implementation of English medium compulsory in all government and private  schools from primary level.

The HC had reserved its judgment after hearing the PILs. It delivered its judgment on Wednesday accepting their contention, and said the right to choose medium of learning should be left to the students.

The petitioners argued that the AP government’s decision is in violation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009. They also argued that the right to choose the medium of instruction should be with the children only.

Arguing on behalf of the state government, advocate general S. Sriram said compulsory English medium will play a key role for the bright future of the students. However, the AP High Court scrapped the government’s decision to enforce English medium education in schools.

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2 comments on "HC suspends Jagan’s plan to enforce English medium in govt schools"

  • Private English Medium institutions are very powerful and VP canvassed against English medium education as they find this system effect their fortunes. Also judiciary is in the hands of TDP supremo. You can see the judgments during TDP rule and now. This clearly reflect the scenario.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

  • When people like our vice president of India, Venkayya Naidu Garu, day in and day out started canvassing against introduction of English medium in government schools by AP government [you can see a series of such articles/media reports in Yellow media] what the poor judges do. They simply followed the foot steps of VP. The English medium introduction in government schools will affect the monopolized prive agencies in which majority of them are friends of yellow media and TDP supremo Chandrababu. This is a pity that an elected governments actions were dumped in to dust bin by judiciary irrespective of the subject matter in favour of TDP. Bad judiciary. In fact in few years back I sent an open letter to Chief Justice of Supreme Court on this issue with a copy to PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

    God alone has to save the AP government from judiciary.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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