On the occasion of Teachers' day, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu urged all the teachers to impart education to the children in the mother tongue.
“We as Indians always want to speak in English whether we understand it or not. I am not against English, but one learns better when taught in the mother tongue. We teach our children to say mummy. Why can't we tell them to say ‘ammaʼ, ‘ammiʼ or ‘maʼ? These words come from within, and not just from the mouth,” said Naidu.
He also requested the central government to take steps in promoting the education in mother tongue.
“It is important for people of north India to learn languages of the south, and the people from the southern part of the country should learn Hindi and other Indian languages. This will bring in real integration. Bhasha aur bhawna ek saath chalta hai,” he said.
He referred to teachers as the trinity gods of Hindu Mythology and asked them that they should continue to learn and not just concentrate of earning.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar was also present on the occasion and reminded the 11 lakh unqualified teachers to register and learn through platform Swayam and get their diploma and certificate degrees.
“September 15 is the last day to register. If teachers do not register by then, they will lose their job in 2019,” said Javadekar.