What is the first step to promote local language among students? By making them sign in that language. With this in mind, the state primary and secondary education department has started a ‘Sign in Kannada to save Kannada’ drive among high school students in the state.
“Generally, one’s first signature in life is while filling up the final examination form for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC). If we educate and train students to sign in Kannada at that time, it will definitely be helpful in future,” Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri, state primary and secondary education minister, said.
Kannada language teachers should train students to sign in Kannada in all the schools. An official circular was recently issued in this regard and circulated among the authorities concerned.
The circular says: “Each of us must respect the mother land and mother tongue. Most people sign in English even before they realise the value of their mother tongue. To save and promote Kannada language, it will be helpful if we make our students practice signing in Kannada from their school days. Kannada subject teachers must take the initiative.”
The department has asked school heads to allot half an hour for Kannada teachers in a week for this purpose. “The teachers must educate students about the importance of putting their signature in Kannada and also train them to sign in Kannada all the time,” Kageri said.
This applies to all schools affiliated to the state including government-run, aided and unaided schools, he added.