[MLE] Rights to Education Bill advocates Mother Tongue

Dear MLE friends,
Last month the much discussed Right to Education Bill, passed in both Houses of the Parliament. In it many important issues are addressed. In the context of this mailing list the following line is important:
(f) medium of instructions shall, as far as practicable, be in child's mother tongue;
Of course more significant is the context in which that line is written (see below). One aim of the bill is to make the education in India more child centred. Using the mother tongue is part of that reform.

Attached is the bill summary as it will be send to the president for approval. A newspaper article with background you can find here: http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/05/stories/2009080558780100.htm


Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.
SIL, South Asia Group.

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(2) The academic authority, while laying down the curriculum and the evaluation
procedure under sub-section (1), shall take into consideration the following, namely:—
(a) conformity with the values enshrined in the Constitution;
(b) all round development of the child;
(c) building up child's knowledge, potentiality and talent;
(d) development of physical and mental abilities to the fullest extent;
(e) learning through activities, discovery and exploration in a child friendly
and child-centered manner;
(f) medium of instructions shall, as far as practicable, be in child's mother
(g) making the child free of fear, trauma and anxiety and helping the child to
express views freely;
(h) comprehensive and continuous evaluation of child's understanding of
knowledge and his or her ability to apply the same.