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Kiran Shaw, KDA spar over govt proposal on english-medium

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

chief and the (KDA) engaged in a war of words after she called the latter an "group of naysayers" for opposing the government's proposal to introduce English-medium classes in 1,000 primary schools of the state.

"Media always portrays a small & group of naysayers as 'activists' - these r usually attention seeking who don't care about nor employment (sic)," Shaw said in a tweet on July 7, referring to the KDA's stand on the issue.

That day KDA S G had led a delegation to H D Kumaraswamy, urging him to rollback the proposal to introduce English-medium classes in schools and instead encourage in the mother tongue, Kannada.

The delegation comprised freedom fighter H S Doreswamy and writers Chandrashekar Kambar, Chandrashekar Patil and M Chidanandamurthy.

Responding to the Kannada Development Authority's stand, Shaw said "political malcontents" were trying to play mischief, adding that she stood by her comments that students should learn Kannada and English for competent job opportunities.

"...I stand by this for the sake of Karnataka's youth. Pls don't twist my comments. CM is also saying this #CMofKarnataka (sic)," she said.

Taking objection to Shaw's comments, the KDA wrote a letter to her seeking apology.

"I have no option but to sympathise with your views on education, that is devoid of cultural and human values. It is but natural for people like you to simply equate with employment, to wash your hands of by whimsically adopting few government schools out of your CSR funds and inculcate unwanted English ambitions in their minds," he said.

added that the government patronised the mother tongue in the best possible way.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 14:30 IST