An RSS wing has suggested that schools in metropolitan cities run for 12 hours so that children get time to learn more languages. The proposal, prepared by Vidya Bharati, the education wing of the RSS, also said that students should learn Sanskrit from middle school level so that they do not need “the assistance of foreign words”.
The RSS wing submitted the proposal to the HRD Ministry after the government invited suggestions for the new education policy. The RSS and its affiliates have asserted that the new policy should focus on “Indianisation of education”.
Emphasising on the importance of learning languages —both Indian and foreign —the RSS wing has proposed that a linguisitic university be opened for students who want to master languages and linguistic skills. “It’s easy for children to learn languages in childhood. That’s why they should be taught various languages — their mother tongue, Sanskrit, Hindi, English and regional languages.”
Stating that such language training would not be possible in the current six-hour timing, the proposal said: “…schools should run at least for eight hours which is the minimum an employee spends in an office.”
According to Vidya Bharati, in metro cities, where both parents are working, it will be better if the schools ran from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm.
“That will save parents from the exercise of making children do homework… nor will there be any need for tuition,” the proposal said.
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The proposal added: “If students learn Sanskrit from middle school onwards, they will be able to speak and write their mother tongue perfectly. There will not be any need to take the assistance of foreign words.”
The proposal added that if students learn Sanskrit, their “pronunciation and spelling” skills would improve.
It said that extending school hours would give students ample time to pursue sports, drawing, music and dance.
It, however, added that “co-education will not be possible” if school timing is extended.
“At a time when the co-ed schools face numerous issues, 12-hour classes cannot have both girls and boys together,” the proposal said.
The RSS wing has also made recommendations for improving training of teachers.
It said that entrance examination should be made compulsory for all teacher training courses and the minimum eligibility for admission should be 50 per cent marks.
It has also suggested biometric attendance system and CCTV cameras in classrooms to ensure maximum attendance of teachers.