New Delhi: The mother tongue should be made the medium of instruction in schools, at least at the primary level, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has suggested on Saturday. “Our languages must unite us in the cause for inclusive and sustainable development and must not end up as tools to divide us,” he has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
No imposition or opposition of any language
The Vice President said that no language should be imposed and also, there should not be any opposition to any language. He said that a multi-pronged approach is needed to preserve and develop a language, and it was time to rethink and reinvent the entire language education in India.
“We must start by making the mother tongue the medium of instruction in our schools, at least at the primary level,” Naidu told the media while addressing the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in Mysuru.
Mother tongue taught at initial stages develops mind, say studies
He said that various global studies by expert groups had confirmed that teaching the mother tongue at the initial stages of education is very important as it helps in the growth of the mind and thought of the children. It makes them more logical and creative, Naidu added while speaking about teaching them multiple languages to widen their horizons.
He also expressed happiness over the new draft National Education Policy observing that a number of suggestions have been given for supporting education in home languages and mother tongues, tribal along with sign languages.
Naidu said in his speech that the policy has rightly stated that children have the ability of acquiring multilingual skills, and these should be encouraged at the earliest. He said that a sense of dignity and pride must be accorded to those who speak, write and communicate in native languages.
He shared his hope that more people would use these languages at home, in the community, in meetings and in administration. “Language should become a catalyst for inclusive development. Our languages must unite us in the cause for inclusive and sustainable development and must not end up as tools to divide us. Every language is important and worth our efforts in preserving and propagating it,” he told the media.