The Narendra Modi government is all set to ask private schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to replace German with Sanskrit as third language from the next academic session.
The move follows the Supreme Court’s favourable observations on the Centre’s direction to introduce Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools, minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha told HT.
The minister said that as in KV schools, the private schools would have the option of teaching foreign language as “hobby class.”
When introduced, the move will affect more than 11,000 CBSE-affiliated private unaided schools which teach foreign languages.
Kushwaha said that teaching of foreign language under the three-language formula in private schools was a violation of the national education policy and will have to do away with it.
Earlier, the governing board of KV on October 27 had directed that teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit be discontinued as it violated the national education policy.
The decision affected over 70,000 students who were forced to switch from German to Sanskrit mid-session.
The matter reached court when a group of parents of KV students challenged the centre’s decision saying it would put burden on the students.
The SC on Friday, however, agreed to the solution proposed by the centre which said there will be no examination for students learning Sanskrit this session.
DK Jha of Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh, the body that went to court against violation of the three language formula, said if private schools do not follow government’s directive, he would once again go to the court.
School authorities, meanwhile, said they have not heard from the government yet.
“We will wait for the direction from the government which we hope will give us some flexibility on the issue. However in case the government says we have to do away with foreign language as the third language we will have to abide by the direction,” Manohar Lal, vice-principal of DPS Mathura Road said.
Schools affiliated to ICSE board, however, will not be affected as they already follow the three language formula.
Under the three-language formula, students from class VI to VIII have the choice of taking up any ‘modern Indian language’ as per the Constitution, as third language along with English and Hindi.