[lg policy] India: Teach only in mother tongue till primary section, suggests state

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sun Nov 15 20:44:34 UTC 2015

Teach only in mother tongue till primary section, suggests state
Vinamrata Borwankar
TNN | Nov 14, 2015, 10.29PM ISTMUMBAI: If the state government's suggestion
is accepted by the Centre, students might be taught in their mother tongue
until they complete their primary education. The recommendation is part of
Maharashtra's 44-page report on the national new education policy.

"A child learns through his mother tongue and can express ideas and
innovative concepts through the language. So pre-primary and primary
education should be through the mother tongue," said the report. The state
has recommended teaching more than one language in schools, classified
according to stages.

However, educationists say making the mother tongue the first language is
not possible in cities where there are over six mother-tongues in a single
class. "Children can learn languages till the age of seven. If we do not
teach them English until then, it will be a great disadvantage. The idea is
not progressive," said Swati Popat Vats, president, Early Childhood
Association. "Also, in places like Mumbai there are students with six or
seven mother tongues, so it will be impossible to cater to all," she added.

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