English as medium of instruction in school cannot be thrust upon children: Rajasthan High Court

Justice Dinesh Mehta found the State government’s move to convert a Hindi medium school to an English medium one violative of Articles 19(1)(a) [freedom of speech and expression] and 14 [equality before the law] of the Constitution.

In the opinion of this Court, English, as a medium of instruction cannot be thrust upon a child even by a legislation enacted by the State Government, much less by a policy decision,” the Court said.

The single-judge was hearing a petition against the State government’s decision to convert a Hindi medium school catering to the educational needs to about 600 children into English medium.

Source: Barandbench

By AlJazeera