Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Saturday said mother tongue should solely be the medium to impart education till senior secondary level.
“Mother tongue is the best language to impart education. It should solely be the medium to provide education till senior secondary level,” Dr Cheema, in his keynote address at the zonal conference on new education policy in Gurgaon, said, according to a government spokesperson.
The minister said, “However, the thrust must be laid on the English language as a particular subject so as to enable students to compete globally.”
He said that joining National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) should be made compulsory for students as part of the overall personality development activities. “NSS and NCC should be made compulsory at certain stages. Life skills, ethical learning and general knowledge should be part of such activities besides ensuring that NCC and NSS are made mandatory in institutes where degree or diploma courses in physical education are being offered,” the minister said.
Batting for examination reforms in school education, Cheema wondered how students scored full marks in subjects like languages and social studies. The evaluation needed thorough revamping, he added.