CBSE Communique To Schools On Indian Languages Important Reform: JP Nadda

BJP President JP Nadda lauded the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for communication in schools that encourages the use of Indian languages ​​as an alternative medium of instruction. Nadda considered the move as an important step towards creating a more holistic and inclusive education system. “National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, as envisaged by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has emphasized the importance of education in the mother tongue. CBSE Recently issued a circular asking affiliated schools across the country to consider using Indian languages ​​as the medium of instruction up to the secondary level. It is scientifically proven that cognitive learning in the early years is fastest in the native language. This is a big step towards making education more holistic and inclusive. I am grateful to Hon. Congratulations to Prime Minister and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to implement this important reform,” Nadda said in a tweet.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) asked Schools have to adopt Indian languages ​​as alternative medium of instruction for multilingual education. The Ministry of Education and NCERT support this move under the National Policy on Education, 2020.

In a letter to schools, CBSE Director (Academic) Joseph Emmanuel said, “In view of the initiative taken to facilitate education through Indian languages, schools affiliated to CBSE may consider using the Indian languages ​​mentioned in Schedule 8 of the Constitution of India as an alternative medium, from the foundational stage till the end of the secondary stage (from pre-primary classes to class 12), in addition to other existing options.”

“Schools can explore available resources, consult experts in the field and collaborate with other schools to share best practices to make multilingual education a reality in CBSE schools,” he added.

CBSE acknowledges the challenges in implementing multilingual education, including the need for skilled teachers, high-quality textbooks and time constraints in two-shift government schools.

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NCERT is seriously taking up the task of providing textbooks in 22 scheduled languages ​​in the coming sessions ensuring access to all students.

Higher education authorities are also adopting multiple languages, conducting examinations and imparting technical, medical, vocational, skill and law education in Indian languages.

CBSE emphasizes the important role of schools as the foundation of multilingual education, promoting continuity from school to higher education.

Education Ministry’s direction to NCERT to prepare new textbooks in 22 scheduled languages ​​is an important step towards realizing this goal. These textbooks will be available to all students in the near future.

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