BENGALURU: Under the New Education Policy proposed by the Centre, students of classes 1 to 6 may be taught in their mother tongue. The education ministers of the southern states made a recommendation to this effect at a meeting here chaired by HRD minister Smriti Irani.

The states, including Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, said there is a need to make the state language the medium of instruction till class 6, a highly placed source who attended the meeting told TOI. Besides the southern states, some others have also submitted similar recommendations to the ministry, which is keen on considering them. “Once the suggestion is considered and the New Education Policy implemented, all schools — state board CBSE, ICSE and international — should mandatorily follow it,” the source said.

For 21 years, Karnataka has been fighting a legal bat tle to implement Kannada as the medium of instruction for classes 1 to 4 in govern ment schools. In May, the Supreme Court ruled that par ents have to decide the medium of instruction for their child, and the government shouldn’t have a say in it. The Union HRD ministry has so far received 26,054 recommendations on the New Education Policy.

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