Unhappy parents, anxious teachers

A senior KV official said, “There was a board meeting on October 27 where the decision was taken.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 15, 2014 1:40 am

The directive by the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Board asking its schools to stop teaching German as a third language during mid session has left students and teachers in the lurch. While the contracts of many German teachers have been cut short, schools have been forced to organise counselling sessions for parents.

“If our children are willing to move forward and study the language and there are teachers teaching the subject, why is the government trying to let us down. This rule has not been applied to private schools. Students from Kendriya Vidyalaya will suffer. A foreign language would have broadened their career options,” said the mother of a Class VIII student at a KV in south Delhi.

Another parent said, “If the decision was taken to make students more aware about India’s traditions and culture, why don’t they remove English too? Exams have already been conducted. The government can’t decide in the middle of the school year that students who spent almost three years learning the subject will now have to study Sanskrit.”

A senior KV official said, “There was a board meeting on October 27 where the decision was taken. We are not stopping schools from teaching the subject. From 2009-10, some KVs had started offering German as an option to Sanskrit from Class VI-VIII. Now, instead of an optional subject, it will be offered as a hobby subject or additional subject.”

He added that if students want to study the language, it will be included in their co-curricular activities grades.

Sources on the board said detailed guidelines would be sent to schools “by Tuesday”. “This is to ensure that students make a smooth transition to Sanskrit,” an official said.

For many teachers, the directive came as bad news. “A day after the school got these directives, I was given a relieving order,” said a teacher.

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  1. A
    Nov 15, 2014 at 7:06 am
    THis is thoughtless and irresponsible. When I studied in KV we only had the sanskrit option and i did very well. But to expect students to change the language midway is just unbelievable. They could simply say that the German option will be removed when the students start on the third language starting this year. All politicians are the same.
    1. K
      KSG Kamath
      Nov 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm
      If we decide to build on our own strengths, why should one be unhappy or anxious?
      1. R
        Nov 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm
        Semi literate Smriti Irani does not digest seeing others getting better qualifications, talking foreign language, broadening their horizon, going abroad etc. A frog in the well cannot see the broader pictures. By making two corrupts and forged people as minister of HRD the country is going back 40 years.