HRD Ministry Notifies CBSE Schools to follow Three Language Formula

Centre has asked CBSE schools to follow the three language formula.  Sanskrit or any other modern Indian language would be required along with English and Hindi in all the CBSE schools.

Updated: Dec 9, 2014 15:42 IST

Amidst the hiatus regarding removal of German from the Kendriya Vidyalaya’s syllabus, the government has issued a fresh circular where it has asked CBSE schools to opt for the three language formula in which Sanskrit or any other modern Indian language would be required along with English and Hindi.

The HRD ministry has pointed out that the objective behind this directive is to “course-correct” any irregularity in part of the schools which doesn’t comprehend with the National Policy on Education in the state. The National policy on Education speaks in favor of the three language formula which most of the CBSE schools in the country don’t follow seriously.

The three language system came in focus due to the recent decision of the government to replace the German language with Sanskrit as the third language in the Kendriya Vidyalayas. The ministry wants to take note of the fact that whether all the CBSE affiliated schools are functioning according to the guidelines presented by the centre or not.

On the issue of Sanskrit being the third language replacing German in between the academic session, the Supreme Court has accepted government’s proposal of not taking up the examination this year for the Sanskrit paper so that the students don’t get burdened any further.

The decision to initiate three language system in all the CBSE schools would make bodies like Sanskrit Bharati, which is an RSS outfit, that demands teaching of Sanskrit in CBSE schools rather teaching foreign languages to students.

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