[lg policy] Nagaland: New language policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon May 7 10:23:51 EDT 2018

 New language policy
Our correspondent May 06, 2018 00:00 IST
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*Dimapur:* The principal secretary, school education & SCERT, Menukhol
John, on Saturday issued a notification regarding the implementation of
three language policy and promotion of Naga local dialects in the state.

According to the policy, textbooks on Naga heritage studies in local
languages will be introduced from Class I in the state from the 2018
academic session and Alternative English will be abolished in a phased
manner starting from Class V and from Classes VI to VIII from 2019 in all
schools in the state.

However, in the urban areas, in addition to the usage of local languages,
textbooks on Naga heritage studies will also be available in English to be
used for non-local students (those outside the linguistic group of the
local area).

The chairman of Nagaland Board of Secondary Education has asked for a
compliance report from all affiliated higher secondary and high schools and
a list of the defaulting schools for taking action.


 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

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