Tuesday, April 22, 2014

[MLE] A sad story from Nepal

Dear multilingual education friends,

Usually newspaper articles report on something new starting. This time Republic in Nepal reports on a failing project. The article Multilingual education fails to attract students in Jhapa points out that due to book supply challenges and resistance from the parents, several MLE classes have stopped.  It would be interesting to investigate further what is going on there. If you know any background on this, please put your comments on the MLE-India blog just below this entry. A few quotes:
In Jhapa district, more than three dozen schools had been conducting classes in around half a dozen local languages, including Rajbanshi, Limbu, and Santhal. However, many of these schools could not implement the mother-tongue based education after stakeholders criticized the use of local languages as the medium of instruction.
It seems one of the problems was with the teachers:
Jhapa had introduced a provision of hiring teachers who knew local languages, but the plan faltered as teachers who could teach in local languages were not available.
But is seems the main issue is:
“Parents want their children to learn English rather than their own mother tongues,”
Regards,

Karsten
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2 comments:

  1. From Prof Rajesh Sachdeva (with Permission):

    We have refused to learn our lessons. day one multilingualism must be felt and experienced....no one language should have the role of being the exclusive medium neither
    English nor mother tongue...first language first is a failed idea if it is not an empowering language.....multilingualism is about inclusiveness and empowerment and ensuring communication happens....variety of input in more than one language including English and Nepali besides mother tongue with change of dose depending on the health of the recipients who are to become actors!

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  2. A much more positive and more recent story on Nepal is posted here: http://www.mle-india.net/2015/01/mle-good-news-from-nepal.html

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