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New Draft Policy Says Hindi Should be Made Mandatory Till Class 8

the quint 2019-01-10 08:50:13

A nine-member K Kasturirangan committee on the New Education Policy (NEP) aims to implement an 'India-centric' and 'Scientific' system of learning in Indian schools, The Indian Express reported.

The committee has recommended a three-language formula, with Hindi being mandatory till class 8 across India, ensuring a common syllabus for Maths and Science, develop a script in Devangari for tribal dialects and promote education based on skill.

The Indian Express report said that the committee had handed over its report to the HRD Ministry before its term ended on 31 December 2018.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told The Indian Express that he will get the report after the parliament session comes to a close.

The newspaper quoted its sources as saying that since subjects like social science might have a varied syllabus, there is no point in doing so for Science and Mathematics for different board up to class 12. It said that the language the subjects are taught in can vary but it makes more sense to have the same syllabus.

Developing syllabus for up to class 5 in local languages has also been suggested, The Indian Express report said.

The committee has made the following suggestions as well:

  • A permanent education committee, headed by the Prime Minister.
  • Regulatory mechanism to be strengthened and headed by someone from outside the government.
  • Technical and professional courses to be promoted among SC/ST students.

(With inputs from The Indian Express.)

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