[lg policy] New education policy to focus on mother tongue

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 10:48:17 EDT 2018


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New education policy to focus on mother tongue
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*Published *Apr 25, 2018, 2:58 am IST
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Recommendation based on opinion of experts that children learn better in
their mother tongue.
[image: The recommendation was based on the opinion of educational experts
that children learn more in their mother tongue at a young age.]
 The recommendation was based on the opinion of educational experts that
children learn more in their mother tongue at a young age.

*Hyderabad: *The committee drafting the new education policy for 2018 has
been granted yet another extension, this time until June 2018, bringing the
number of extensions to four thus far.

The most important change that the policy has recommended is the inclusion
of a student’s mother tongue into the syllabus at the primary level.



The recommendation was based on the opinion of educational experts that
children learn more in their mother tongue at a young age.

Professor of English Joycee OJ said, “The decision, if implemented, will be
a good step, but we shouldn’t limit children to one language. Many fail to
grasp lessons in English because their teachers literally translate English
sentences into regional languages. Not only does that affect sentence
construction, but it also creates a long-term impact. The only way one can
overcome this is by constant reading. Therefore, the policy should
concentrate on keeping subjects separate.’’

Under the present system, students can choose  second language other than
English after Class 8. Most schools provide the option of foreign
languages, though the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has
proposed a move to remove foreign languages from the list, ostensibly to
ensure that students opt for indigenous languages.

The committee will be seconding that proposal. Foreign languages will be
taught as a fourth or elective language, but students will have no choice
but to learn three Indian languages.

The three-language formula will ensure that regional languages are
compulsory.

“Many students used to opt for French as it is easier to score in it as
opposed to other languages. However, this will be a good step to ensure
that students take Indian languages seriously,” said Anitha Suresh, a
teacher.

Another suggestion from the committee is stress reduction, especially
during examinations, particularly in light of the alarming rise in
stress-related suicides among students, particularly during the board
examinations for classes 10 and 12.

The committee’s recommendations include longer study breaks, more
extra-curricular activities, and more marks for practical examinations.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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