The National Council of Educational Research and Training recently suggested that the students must be taught in their mother tongue till the 8th standard. The NCERT has given these inputs for draft national education policy of the reigning government.
The Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar has invited suggestions from the various educationists and think tanks to come up with an effective policy. Besides the National Council of Educational Research, it has received inputs from NGOs, MPs, states, individuals and minority organizations. Workshop on the issue was conducted on the 10th of November to discuss the suggestions sent from various sources.
Some of the big shots who have given their word of advice on the matter include the Rajya Sabha MP and former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Rajya Sabha MP Rajkumar Dhoot and MP Badruddin Ajmal. While Tendulkar has suggested that the curriculum should include an active sport that can be followed by every student, Dhoot on the other hand has advised that pre-schooling must be done away with so that children don’t get burdened by studies at an early age. He also suggested that the schools should not start early morning – not before 9: 30 am. MP Ajmal has suggested making yoga an optional subject and that the Muslim students should have the option of studying Arabic/ Urdu instead of Sanskrit.