From the academic session 2018-19, Karnataka government has made the Kannada language compulsory in schools from class 1. The news was confirmed by the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait. The language learning will be compulsory in all the schools including the CBSE, CISCE and private ones. The learning is compulsory but there will be no Kannada language examination in the first three years. Exams for the language will conducted from class 4. If any student from outside the state joins class 4, then he/she will not have to write the exams for three years.
In July 2017, the state government decided that the state anthem 'Nada Geethe' will also be made compulsory in schools nationwide.
In a series of tweetsKarnataka Education Minister Tanveer Sait said " it has been stated that schools which fail to implement teaching Kannada as a subject will face disaffiliation." In response to this, the government said "it is yet to finalize on the pattern for the State anthem; there are five patterns and Department of Kannada and Culture, Karnataka State Government is yet to decide on the best one to ensure that the anthem is sung without mistakes and none is repeated."
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