The Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities has questioned the Delhi government on a change that the latter has made in the admission forms of government and government-aided schools in the capital. The commissioner, Professor Akhtarul Wasey, has noted that the new forms do not contain any column for students to choose a third language.
Professor Wasey also stated that the sanctioned posts for trained graduate teachers in Urdu have been “constantly reduced” in government schools in the city – from 200 in 2013-14 to 28 in 2014-15.
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The commissioner has argued that Article 350A of the Constitution states, “that it shall be the endeavour of every state and of every local authority within the state, to provide adequate facilities for instruction in the mother tongue at the primary stage of education to children belonging to linguistic minority groups”.
In his letter to Education Minister Manish Sisodia, Prof Wasey also specified that the Ministry of Human Resource Development has also stated, in their action-taken report, that “all schools affiliated to CBSE have been instructed to record the mother tongue of the child, first language preferred, and optional language parent/child prefer to study, in the admission form”.
Sisodia could not be reached for comment.