80 percent support training in regional languages
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NEU-DELHI: The new national education policy (NEP) announced last week by the central government has initiated extensive reforms in Indian education at all levels. In the case of languages, the focus is on learning in the mother tongue or the national language as a teaching medium up to the 5th grade to promote multilingualism. The NEP has also provided a list of foreign language electives that secondary school students can attend.

“Wherever possible, the teaching medium will be at least the 5th grade, but preferably up to the 8th grade and beyond, the mother tongue, mother tongue, national language or the national language. After that, the mother tongue or the national language will continue to be taught as language wherever this is possible. This will be followed by both public and private schools, “the directive says.

In an Inshorts survey, in which more than 2 Lakh users took part, 80 percent of those questioned supported the step to make the mother tongue / regional language the teaching medium. However, many say that they want to stick to the English language as a teaching medium.

“As parents, I think the reform in NEP is a much-needed reform because, in a way, the focus shifted only to the English language, which is why children were not very familiar with their mother tongue, Sanskrit or any other foreign language. The pupils can reform from the start to strengthen their linguistic base. Changing the teaching medium will add important and enriching options and promote multilingualism in the country.

“The most interesting fact is that students can now learn foreign languages ​​in secondary education too. This reform allows children to learn three languages ​​at the same time, which will definitely help them with further studies in different regions with different languages. I think this reform will surely be lead to entertaining learning methods, “NCR parents Niti told IANSlife.

“A language is primarily a useful tool for acquiring knowledge. While promoting regional languages ​​is indeed an advantage, the obligation to multilingualism adversely affects both the country’s social and human capital. English already offers Access to global knowledge and also used Shubhajit Jagadev, Executive Director of EduSkills, believes that the majority of IT jobs worldwide are consistent.

In particular, the Indian government has included Korean, Japanese, Thai, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian languages ​​at the secondary level among the foreign languages ​​on offer in the new national education policy.

The government also indicated that the foreign language vocabulary should be updated in textbooks and other printed materials. The proposed foreign languages ​​are Korean, English, French, German, Hebrew and Japanese. The new directive will replace the existing directive, which was formulated in 1986. This revision took place after 28 years.

The Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to India, Shin Bong-gil, emphasized positive cultural diplomacy and said the Indian government’s decision to add Korean as a foreign language for secondary education could be seen as a symbolic measure of the importance of India-Korea in focus on relationships.

According to recent reports, the Chinese language has been removed from the proposed list of foreign languages ​​after strained Sino-Indian relations. It was included in the draft directive in 2019.

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