As per the HRD ministry sources, the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision to implement the three-language formula up to Class X will not apply for batches taking the Class X board exams till 2019-20.
According to the National Education Policy of 1968, the three-language formula means that the Hindi-speaking state students should learn a modern Indian language as a third language, however, the non-Hindi speaking students should learn Hindi along with regional language and English. All three languages would be considered as main subjects in the Class X board exams. Students can study a foreign language, as the fourth language, which will be non-qualifying in nature. Existing three-language formula that applies till Class VIII was proposed to be extended till Class X.
“Abolition OF EXISTING plan and implementation of new is scheduled to be effective from 2019-20 so that the students already following the current scheme, do not get disturbed by the sudden change in the scenario. Moreover, the present batches of class VII students will be able to appear in the board exam under the existing scheme and will not be burdened with learning a new language mid-way." said a CBSE official. Adding to this he also said “While the CBSE's proposal is likely to be approved by the ministry and would be sent back to the board for working out the details and getting it approved by the governing body, rollout will take a couple of years".
"When the scheme is implemented will depend on the how soon the policy is finalised. Once the policy is framed, the schools would need to be given time as under this formula a student will get the option of 22 languages, for which teachers need to be appointed," said another CBSE official.