CISCE schools in Karnataka told to follow language policy

It was also announced that the board is keen on setting up a centre in the city for CISCE.
Kannada is implemented as the first and second language in all schools in Karnataka. Image used for representations.
Kannada is implemented as the first and second language in all schools in Karnataka. Image used for representations.

BENGALURU: With Kannada implemented as the first and second language in all schools in Karnataka, the chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has asked CISCE-affiliated schools to follow the state language policy.

Speaking at a principals’ meeting in the city on Tuesday, CISCE Chairman G Immanuel said, “It is definitely a concerning factor for families that have migrated from different regions and have to adapt the language and especially for students in higher classes. Having said that, this is a state decision and it is respected. However, the board will try and present its concerns to the government.”

He also announced that the board is keen on setting up a centre in the city for CISCE. The event focused on the implementation of the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP) and enhancing educational practices, adopting newer pedagogies and upgrading school infrastructure as per requirements. 

Immanuel emphasised the need to curtail dropout rates in schools by engaging with students regularly. “There are several studies on how students can be engaged with different activities according to their grades. The overall school environment needs to be kept healthy and welcoming. Organising activities that involve engagement emotionally, cognitively and behavioural can go a long way,” he said.  

Admitting that technology adoption is the need of the hour, principals were, however, suggested to limit the use of new-age tools and only take their assistance to improve teaching.

For students, more activities should be done in schools so that they can be monitored instead of homework. As per the chairman, the board has also suggested that the government impose some regulations for the use of tools for academic work. 

The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) submitted a letter to Immanuel highlighting the growing number of unauthorised schools teaching CISCE cropping up in the state. “We discussed the issue and the board reiterated that their affiliations are rigid and will look into the matter,” Shashi Kumar D, Secretary, KAMS said.

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