MHRD Ministry has released a revised draft of the NEP under which flexible choice is provided for languages under the three-language model. Political parties in South, particularly in Tamil Nadu are strongly against the idea of the three-language formula. The parties are alleging that it the center’s scheme to impose the Hindi language on everyone.
The earlier draft the NEP mad mandated that Hindi be taught to the students in all the states. “The study of three languages by students in the Hindi-speaking States would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in non-Hindi speaking States would include the regional language, Hindi and English,” it had read.
The revised draft released today said: “Since the modular board examinations for language proficiency will indeed test only for basic proficiency in each language, such a change in choice in Grade 6 would certainly be feasible if the student so desires and would in such cases be supported by teachers and the schooling system.”
It further said that additional choices in the languages will be offered in middle school.
After witnessing many protests in the South, MHRD released the statement that it is just a draft and any final decision on the implementation is still to be taken. “This is a draft policy submitted by the committee and is placed for the views of the general public. It is not the policy announced by the government,” it said.