Hold competitive exams in Kannada as well: CM Siddaramaiah to GoI

A state run school in Karnataka.[Photo:]

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has emphasised the need for competitive exams for jobs in government of India to be conducted in the Kannada language.

He argues that conducting these exams solely in Hindi or English is not feasible. During his address at the Kanteerava Stadium on the 68th Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations, he pledged to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to reconsider the language policy for these examinations.

“Shivaji Nagar MLA Rizwan Arshad has rightly said that the Central government conducts the exams only in Hindi and English. We need to oppose it,” he said as per PTI.

According to him, it is not possible to hold the competitive exams in Hindi and English alone.

“Our children will write the exams in the language they know. I will request our Prime Minister to take a relook (at the language),” Siddaramaiah said.

Noting that only government schools have Kannada as the medium of instruction and not private schools, the Chief Minister lamented there was a misconception among people that those studying in private English medium schools alone were talented and secure a decent job.

Siddaramaiah also pointed out that the state produced many eminent scientists who studied in the Kannada medium.

“The Supreme Court has said that parents have the right to get their child educated in the medium of instruction of their choice…,” he added.

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