‘Students should have the choice to study any Indian language’

While the Union government has modified the controversial recommendation in the draft National Education Policy, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Vic- President and academician K.E. Radhakrishna has joined the list of people who have condemned the move to impose Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Radhakrishna said (Section 4.5.9 of) the draft mentioned that the student in Class 6 in a non-Hindi speaking State can change one of three languages and study a regional language along with Hindi and English. “Hindi can be taught as language of choice and not as compulsory subject as mentioned in the draft. It is wrong to impose Hindi on the student,” he said, and added that the student should be given an option to study any of the Indian languages.

Questioning the release of the draft after six months of its submission, Mr. Radhakrishna said it had been placed in the public domain without consulting State governments and other stakeholders.

However, he welcomed the suggestion in the draft for restructuring the curriculum and pedagogy from the 10+2 to the new 5+3+3+4 system that caters to 3 to 8, 8 to 11, 11 to 14 and 14 to 18 years old children. The new system was the accepted norm world over and should be adopted in India, said Mr. Radhakrishna, who is a member of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

Meanwhile, the Centre has modified Section 4.5.9 titled ‘Flexibility in the choice of languages’ and omitted the reference to languages that students can choose.

Mr. Radhakrishna said the Congress has fared well in the recent elections to the urban local bodies by winning 509 seats as against 330 won by the BJP. This performance, which comes a few days after the poor show in the Lok Sabha polls, gives strong ground for the party to question the working of Electronic Voting Machines, he said.

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