CJI Says, Education in Mother Tongue Important for Child’s Foundation

After introducing the New Education Policy in India, several discussions and debates were going on regarding a few elements. One such change is providing education to the children in the mother tongue. In recent times, S A Bobde, the Chief Justice of India on Tuesday spoke that it brings major changes once a child learns in the mother tongue. This will help the child to build the foundation. He contradicted with the submissions that lawyers who pursued in vernacular languages find it arduous to argue in the top court.

The bench at Supreme Court comprised Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. They were hearing a petition by the AP Government challenging the order of the state High Court. Earlier, the High Court of AP didn’t accept the state government’s decision to make English medium compulsory for classes I to VI in Government schools from the 2020-21 academic session. K V Viswanathan, the senior counsel submitted that the deficiency of proficiency in the language constrains opportunities and builds ‘islands of exclusion’.

Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General intervened in the discussion and said that it is not appropriate to say so. Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General intervened in the discussion and said that it is not appropriate to say so. Viswanathan said that he comes from an area located 40 kilometers from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He said that he has friends who pursued an education in vernacular medium. However, they find it hard to practice in SC as they think in vernacular and further translate. He said that by the time they do all these translations in mind and speak, the assorted issued would have completed.

Gopal Sankaranarayanan, a senior advocate countered this and said Justice Ramasubramaian had studied in Tamil medium. S-G Mehta said that several judges had their education in vernacular medium. The Chief Justice of India said the mother tongue is vital for the foundation. India is probably the only nation where education doesn’t begin in the mother tongue of the child. He gave several examples referring to this point. He said that some of the countries like China, France, etc. teach children in their mother tongue and the medium of instruction is the mother tongue in such nations.

He further added that the experts might have different perceptions regarding the medium of instruction. Viswanathan asked for a stay of the HC order. The court has decided to consider the prayer in the subsequent hearing. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest education news such as exams, results, and more.

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