The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has assured that no language will be imposed on any state as three language policy is implemented in New Education Policy (NEP-2020)
New Delhi: The Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry has tweeted that the three-language formula will be implemented in schools with “greater flexibility” and that “no language will be imposed on any state”.
The tweet insured that the “Constitutional provisions, aspirations of the people, regions, and the union” would be given utmost priority while implementing the three-language formula.
The tweet reinstates that this will “promote multilingualism and national unity” in the country.
The NEP 2020 passed by the cabinet on Wednesday called an increased focus on the regional languages of India and mother tongue as the medium of instruction for students up to class V.
One of the major change introduced in the final documented NEP is that “Hindi” is removed as a compulsory language. The NEP states that students can initially pick from classical language while foreign language will be made available at the secondary level.
“Wherever possible, the medium of instruction until at least Grade 5, but preferably till Grade 8 and beyond, will be the home language/mother-tongue/local language/regional language. This will be followed by both private and public schools,” said the NEP.
The ministry ensured that the three-language formula will be implemented after consultation with individual states as India has a vast number of languages and each state has its board.
“The emphasis on primary education in regional languages and the introduction of Sanskrit following the three-language formula will turn out to be a great boon to the people of the country especially in the rural areas,” said V K Tiwari, Director IIT Kharagpur.