Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Imparting nationalism, sainik schools in all dists mooted at CABE meet
Inculcating the spirit of nationalism and respect for the armed forces, setting up sainik schools in every district and imposition of Hindi dominated proceedings at the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting on Tuesday .
There was near unanimity among states that school teachers need not be deployed for non-teaching jobs except for poll duty and that too only after the model code of conduct comes into play .
But it was the language issue that got many states' education ministers, especially from Tamil Nadu and northeastern states, engaged. Criticizing the National Education Policy , Tamil Nadu school education minister K Pandiarajan said there should be no imposition of any language. The debate started after HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, in his inaugural speech, referred to Israel where Hebrew is the teaching medium. Skills development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy , however, talked of co-existence of English and Hindi.
Madhya Pradesh higher education minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya spoke about how the state is teaching engineering and medical courses in Hindi. Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia gave the example of Finland where Hollywood films are sub-titled in Finnish.“This way both English and Finnish can be learnt,“ he said.
But minister of state for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey dwelt at length on the language issue saying there is nothing wrong in having pride in “our history and heritage“.“Our history and heritage should be highlighted. Sanskar is (values are) important,“ he said. “It is not the question of competition between languages but co-existence,“ he said. Lack of patriotism and growing communalism on university campuses was a big issue for Assam education minister Hemanta Biswa Sharma. He said students need to be taught about patriotism.