Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) has decided to discontinue teaching German as their third language option in schools in the middle of an academic year. Thousands of students who have taken up German in classes 6 to 8 would suffer from this decision as they would need to switch from one language to other in no-time at all. The academic year is scheduled to end in the early days of March and a change in subject at this point of time would certainly mean huge trouble for the students.
The decision to include Sanskrit as the third language, so that primacy could be given to two Indian Languages in the three-language scheme offered by the schools, was taken up by the HRD minister Smriti Irani. A circular from the meeting held by Irani is sent to all the principals of KV which says, “Teaching of the German Languages as an option to Sanskrit will be discontinued forthwith. Students studying German as an option to Sanskrit in Class 6 to 8 shall be given an option to study Sanskrit or any other modern Indian language of his or her choice.”
The resolution also pointed out some key changes that need to be done on the overall structure in the performances of the schools. The mid-session policies approximate and adequate counseling to students and parents affected by the move would be organized by the schools so that the children would not opt German as third language. Though, they can study it as an additional subject or hobby in the school, as pointed out by the notification.
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