Bengaluru: Schools in Karnataka have received a makeover with the state government implementing English medium in institutions. This move has been criticised by many for its "ignorance of the regional language".

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy vigorously defended the move and stated that the government has not forgotten its roots and said that the English medium is to ensure students are not left behind in the learning process.

Speaking to reporters, Kumaraswamy said, "The primary intention of starting English-medium schools in the state was to ensure that children from poor background get quality education and not lag behind in this competitive age."

Several quarters of society, particularly pro-Kannada organisations, slammed Kumaraswamy for his move.

Speaking to Newsable, Shashi Kumar D, general secretary, Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, stated that the Karnataka government is nothing but a hypocrite.

Shashi Kumar said that the teachers recruited were all trainers and not fully qualified. "This will, in the long run, have an adverse effect," added Kumar. Further attacking the coalition government, Kumar said that it was the job of the government to ensure that balance is maintained.

"They, being the regional party, should encourage Kannada. But this kind of introduction will only make people disinterested in learning the regional language," stated Shashi Kumar.

He further went on to say that just in the early years, people have shown a steep jump in preferring English to Kannada and expressed alarm over what might pan out shortly, if this continued.

Shashi Kumar also lashed out at Kumaraswamy and said that the chief minister is propagating the English medium.

The government schools were not complying with rules and regulations alleged Kumar, who stated, "The government is not following the rules and regulations under the Education Act. They have blatantly violated norms."