Underlining the importance of the mother tongue of students and of the three language formula, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has instructed all schools affiliated to it to seek information about the mother tongue of the child during admission, as well as the preferred language to be studied under the formula.
In a circular dated August 20, the board said that as per the recommendation of the examination committee held on March 31, and the subsequent approval of the governing board, all schools will have to include a column in the admission form for “eliciting the information on the mother-tong-ue of the child” and “obtain information relating to the preference of the languages for study under the three language formula”.
The three language formula states that schools must teach Hindi, English and one modern Indian language. Brought in 1968, it was reiterated in the 1986 education policy, as well as in 2005.
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