The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday trained its guns on HRD Ministry for its ambiguity regarding educational policies. Party leaders said more clarity was required on the policy on classical languages.
While AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s decision to do away with German as a third language in KVs reflected how serious the government was about the issues, party spokesperson Atishi Marlena termed the Ministry’s act as “amateurish tinkering”.
Stating that Irani did not understand the three-language formula and the multi-lingual debate, Yadav said, “The minister says that any language which is in the VIII Schedule of the Constitution can be taught as the third language. This shows the minister is not aware of the Constitution as it does not prohibit those languages not mentioned in the VIII Schedule from being taught. She has turned the issue into a Sanskrit versus German row.”
Yadav said more clarity was required on issues such as what the policy on classical languages like Sanskrit and Tamil should be, the three-language formula and the issue of how foreign languages should be dealt with, considering the demand for international languages.
“The minister does not understand that she has directed that Sanskrit be introduced in the middle of the academic year. The world over, academic changes are always made at the end of the term so as not to adversely impact students,” Marlena said.