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Just last year, non state board schools and the government were at logger heads over the three-formula, which the government said “it was compulsory to be implemented in every school in the state.” Therefore, the recent proposal by the Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) to discontinue the third language of Hindi in Marathi medium schools came as a shocker to many in the ongoing state assembly session.
Experts told TOI that constitutionally, this proposal cannot be approved and the issue was raised in the assembly by Kapil Patil from Shikshak Bharti on Tuesday, 27th March 2012. One cannot disregard the importance of languages in education; especially a language which is of national importance. “When he presented our case to the assembly, everybody agreed that the three-language formula should be followed”, said Patil. The three-language formula expects schools to accommodate English, Hindi and the regional language, in our case Marathi, as compulsory languages for students from class I to VIII. The proposal by MSCERT says the third language (Hindi) in Marathi medium schools should be dropped for classes V to VIII. While students will lose out on learning the nuances of a beautiful language, thousands of teachers will be unemployed if this proposal is passed, added Patil. He also added that many teachers are already complaining about students in English medium schools not paying attention to second and third languages, especially after the introduction of the best-five policy. Students have started faring badly in languages because in SSC, they are allowed to drop any subject, and students tend to drop either Hindi or Marathi paper, said a teacher of a suburban school. Hindi and English are accepted nationally but students fail to see the importance of any other language other than English, "said Uma Dhere, a moderator of Hindi (SSC) and a teacher from Hansraj Morarji Public High School. The issue will be raised in the assembly again next week.
Courtesy: Times of India
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