The Policy Drafting Panel Chief, K. Kasturirangan said that the new National Education Policy doesn’t impose any sort of language. The new policy will initiate a flexible approach comprising a three-language formula. Kasturirangan, the former Chief at ISRO was given a task to draft the new policy.
The Chief said, ‘adopting local languages as the medium of instruction till Class 5 is important in the early phase of education because the child’s strengths in understanding the principles and in displaying creativity manifest better in the mother tongue as well in the local language.’
Upon drafting the objectives of the new policy, the Union Cabinet has approved the same on Wednesday. According to the new policy, the medium of education until the 5th class will be the mother tongue, local, and regional languages. It could even go beyond to class 8 and further.
He further added, ‘Children have a great ability to pick up multiple languages in early age. The policy talks about a flexible approach in the three-language formula. How it will be implemented in states it’s their decision. No language is being imposed on the policy.’ Teaching the students in mother tongue, regional or local language could be the preference for the medium of instruction. As per the experts, every child begins learning the home language after he or she is born.
The chief opined that in some of the countries like Germany, France and Nobel laureates follow this mode of teaching. Those countries have accepted their they have a better knowledge in Science and any other subjects as they were taught it in their home language or local language. Apart from teaching in mother tongue or regional language up to the students of class 5, there are some other changes as per the new National Education Policy.
According to the new policy, the government is planning to lessen the board exam stakes. It has also planned to assign only one regular for higher education institutions excluding the law and medical colleges. Another major change is to conduct common entrance tests to provide admissions into universities. These are some of the changes that were added to the new National Education Policy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting during which the Union Cabinet approved the National Education Policy. It’s been almost 34 years for the Union Cabinet to set a new Educational Policy in the country. The National Policy on Education was long back framed in 1986. To strengthen the education system and make India a global knowledge superpower, the new education policy will pave the way. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational news like exams, results, and more.