THE EIGHTH COLUMN

As aspirations change, so does govt school education

Sampath Kumar, a migrant labourer living in Bengaluru, hopes his 7-year-old son will be fluent in English as it opens up many opportunities that are otherwise closed to people who do know the language. English is an aspirational language for many people in India. But there exists a class disparity when it comes to access to good education. To address these concerns, many state governments are taking to English as a medium of instruction in government-run schools. While some have failed, other like Kerala have succeeded. Karnataka is the latest to try this, but will it work? Click to read more.