Teaching of foreign language in the state run Kendriya Vidyalayas(KVs) has got seriously affected by the HRD ministry’s decision to discontinue German as the third language, as majority of students are not enrolling for the subject after the row that begun last year.
For the new academic year the number of students who has opted for German as a hobby (optional) has dropped by whooping 52 percent. This year, 11,225 students of classes VI, VII and VIII from the 89 KVs have enrolled to take German as optional subject against 23,256 students across 459 schools last year when the row over replacing the language came into existence.
The decision to remove German as the third language from KVs was justified on the ground that a foreign language cannot be taught as a third language in schools as this would violate the three-language formula that is enshrined in the national educational policy. However, the ministry made sure to the Supreme Court that German as an optional subject would be always available for reading for the students in KVs.
But the degrading figures this academic year have left KV officials worried. Last week the KV administration had flagged the issue and sent circulars to all deputy commissioners (regional heads) clarifying that though the Supreme Court verdict has prohibited offering German as third language it had clearly mentioned that it should continue as an optional subject in the schools.