“Providing education through English medium would help the poor and marginalized students and bring better opportunities for career growth,” told the Andhra Pradesh government to the apex court.
The bench comprising of Chief Justice SA Bobde, and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was hearing the appeal from the state government which stated that the Andhra Pradesh High Court has stayed the implementation of such plan for government-run Telugu medium schools, would limit the prospects of the students hailing from weaker strata of society.
Meanwhile, Senior advocate K V Viswanathan, appearing for the state government, told the apex court that the most formative years of a child requires a medium of instruction to be in English so that no ‘islands of exclusion’ are created.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before the bench that those who have studied in the vernacular medium are in ‘islands of isolation’ is a bit “uncharitable”.
Earlier in April 2020, the AP High Court had set aside the order for government schools to convert the medium of instruction from Telugu to English.
The top court has now posted the matter for hearing in the next week.