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Use Indian languages to teach, CBSE tells schools as NCERT prioritises making textbooks available

CBSE has directed affiliated schools to consider Indian languages as optional mediums of instruction to promote multilingual education.

The CBSE has emphasised the need for schools to collaborate and pool available resources to effectively implement multilingual education.Premium
The CBSE has emphasised the need for schools to collaborate and pool available resources to effectively implement multilingual education.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a directive to its affiliated schools to consider the use of Indian languages as optional mediums of instruction to promote multilingual education. The move comes in line with the National Education Policy, 2020, which aims to introduce education in multiple languages.

CBSE Director (Academic), Joseph Emmanuel, highlighted the importance of this initiative and suggested that Indian languages listed in Schedule 8 of the Indian Constitution could be used as mediums of instruction from the foundational stage up to the end of secondary education (from pre-primary classes to class 12), in addition to the existing options. 

The board emphasised the need for schools to collaborate and pool available resources to effectively implement multilingual education.

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The implementation of multilingual education poses challenges, including the availability of skilled teachers proficient in teaching subjects in multiple languages, the creation of high-quality multilingual textbooks, and time limitations, particularly in two-shift government schools.

"The NCERT has taken this serious task on highest priority so that textbooks in 22 scheduled languages can be made available to all students from next sessions," PTI quoted CBSE as saying.

The CBSE acknowledged the efforts made by higher education authorities to provide education in multiple languages and conduct exams in different languages. 

Technical, medical, vocational, skill, and law education textbooks are also being made available in Indian languages. With higher education institutions already adapting to this need, the CBSE believes that schools must become the foundation of multilingual education.

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The Ministry of Education has directed the NCERT to prepare new textbooks in 22 scheduled Indian languages on a priority basis. This initiative will ensure that students have access to quality educational materials in their mother tongue or other Indian languages.

The CBSE's encouragement of Indian languages as mediums of instruction is expected to enhance the accessibility and inclusivity of education, fostering a deeper connection between students and their native languages. 

By embracing multilingual education, schools affiliated with CBSE can contribute significantly to this important endeavour, providing a strong base for future higher education pursuits.

(With PTI inputs)

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Published: 22 Jul 2023, 02:17 PM IST
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