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Punjab minister smells ‘conspiracy’ in CBSE keeping Punjabi on ‘minor subjects’ list for exam, CBSE says move ‘administrative’

The CBSE said the classification of subjects for the exam was done "purely on administrative ground" and all regional languages have been put under the minor category.   

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |
Updated: October 20, 2021 8:49:54 pm
Punjab Congress MLA from Jalandhar (Cantonment) Pargat Singh. (File Photo)

Punjab School, Higher Education and Languages Minister Pargat Singh Wednesday said that it is “unfortunate” that Punjabi language has been kept out of the list of “main subjects” in the examination date sheet issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for Classes X and XII.

Asking the central board to “reconsider its decision”, Singh said it is a “conspiracy” to keep regional languages in the “minor subjects” list to “wean away children from their mother tongue”. He also said that the step is a gross injustice to the students of the state and is in total contravention to the spirit of the Indian Constitution.

The CBSE Tuesday issued a date sheet for the Term-1 examination of Classes X and XII scheduled to begin from November 30. However, the exam schedule has been released for major subjects only. The board said, “The date sheet of minor subjects will be provided to the schools separately.”

“At least in the states concerned, the respective mother tongues should be included in the list of main subjects. If need be, I would demand a roll back of the decision from the Union Education Minister,” Singh said.

The CBSE, however, said the classification of subjects was done “purely on administrative ground” and all regional languages have been put under the minor category.

“It is clarified that the classification of subjects has been done purely on administrative ground for the purpose of conduct of Term – I Examinations. This has been done based on the number of candidates appearing in the subject and in no way reflects the importance of subjects as Major or Minor. Every subject is equally important in Academic point of view. Punjabi is one of the regional languages being offered. All the regional languages have been put under minor category for the purpose of administrative convenience in relation to the logistics required for the conduct of examinations,” the board said.

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