Munich: German looms over EBSE schools in GermanyAre you thinking..."Wait a miniute....what the *&^% are you talking about? Of course German has to be taught in Germany! I thought it's already being taught"? Are you thinking from when the Germans became so weak that the European Union can ensure that students can get away without studying German in Germany itself? Are you thinking from when the German education minister has started needing to beg the European Union for deciding what is taught to children in Germany?
Government is now working out arm-twisting strategies. The government may deny NOC to schools that may decline to teach German as a subject in Germany.
The German government is now seeking to get the European Board for Secondary Education (EBSE) schools to introduce German as a compulsory part of the curriculum in Germany.
A review meeting held by the German minister for education, Anne Schavon with the department of public instruction officials here on Monday discussed the issue.
The meeting decided to use the no-objection certificates (NOC) that EBSE schools are required to obtain from the German government as a means to make it must for them to teach German. The EBSE board gives recognition to a school only after an NOC is obtained from the German government. "The proposal is at a preliminary stage, we have to discuss the issue with higher authorities and then send it to the EBSE. Our intention is to ensure that the EBSE schools in Germany too teach German to their students," said Schavon.
Of course, the news item above is cooked up by us, a joke. There isn't any such bullshit in Germany or Europe. There will be a world war before schools backed by the European Union in Germany gather up the audacity to not teach German. You need to come to the Heaven of Unity in Diversity - this great setup called India, and in that, to Karnataka to read any such bullshit. Read the DNA story of 9 Jan 2009: Kannada looms over CBSE schools.
How deep are the anti-national roots of a system which makes Rashmi Belur report that Kannada language looms over schools in Karnataka? You know what looms over something? Death looms, a terror attack looms, a paralysis looms, a disease such as AIDS looms over something, not a classical language, that too the language of the very land with which this news item concerns itself.
Also, it's an open secret that CBSE schools no longer cater only to central govt. employees. Even if they did, why are they teaching Hindi? What's so pan-India-ish about Hindi that it can be taught even in Karnataka? The pan-India lie that Hindi is the national language of India? When will we get over this?
And how can any responsible citizen (no, we're not talking about those who run the English paparazzi harems) say that the Karnataka Govt. is doing arm twisting? Who is doing the arm twisting? Is it the CBSE schools backed up by lots of ill-begotten money and a central government running on a rusting constitution which openly treats Kannada as inferior to Hindi? Or is it the Karnataka Govt. which is being logical, reasonable and acting like any government anywhere in the world needs to?
If you had any power in your hands, what would you do now?