NCERT bats for schooling in mother tongue under New Education Policy

The draft of New Education Policy 2016 was made public in the month of June on website. The 43-page document focuses on addressing gender discrimination, the creation of educational tribunals, and a common curriculum for science, mathematics and English.

Revision of no-detention policy, promotion of Sanskrit, and bringing back Class 10 board examinations are some of the key changes that the policy talks about. Amongst 20 salient features addressed, one was to teach the students upto Class V, in mother tongue, local or regional language.

As of now, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), as part of its inputs for the ambitious draft national education policy said that the students should be taught in their mother tongues till class VIII.

Other new suggestions that have come up includes: school syllabus should be modified to include an active sport being pursued by every student- as suggested by Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar.

In another case, Rajkumar Dhoot, MP (Rajya Sabha) has suggested that schools shouldn’t start before 9.30am and the government should do away with pre-schooling so that children could enjoy their childhood.

Consultations on policy started during the tenure of the previous human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani. However, it courted controversy after some of the suggestions were found to be regressive by educationists. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar restarted discussion on the policy by inviting suggestions from various political parties and educationists.

The ministry will conduct a workshop for all parliamentarians where a number of suggestions that have been given will be discussed. The MPs will also get an opportunity to make more suggestions.

This is the final round of suggestions for a policy that has been in the works for over a year.

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