Advertisement
Monday, Oct 25, 2021
Outlook.com

NEP 2020: The New Language Formula Is Identical To What Macaulay Proposed In 1835

For children who do not speak English at home, this is definitely a more efficient way to learn it, writes linguist and author Peggy Mohan

NEP 2020: The New Language Formula Is Identical To What Macaulay Proposed In 1835
NEP 2020: The New Language Formula Is Identical To What Macaulay Proposed In 1835
outlookindia.com
2020-08-08T12:32:19+05:30

In the middle of a pandemic, with schools and universities physically closed and no date set for their reopening, the government has come out with a National Education Policy (NEP) document that suggests the road ahead might be a bit different from the one we knew before. One thing that has excited the public is the section titled Multilingualism and the Power of Language, which says: “Wherever possible, the medium of ­instruction until at least Grade 5, but preferably till Grade 8 and beyond, will be in the home language/mother tongue/local language/regional ­language…. This will be followed by both public and private schools.”

It is ironic that this is essentially identical to what Macaulay proposed in 1835 in his famous Minute on Indian education: that Indian children be taught in the local language until Class 5, and even up to Class 8 if they wished, after which instruction should transit to English-medium for those who wished to eventually join the civil ­services. How times have changed! In the years since Independence, so many of our...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

SRK’s persona evokes the kind of Indianness that denies categorisation into singular, exclusive identities. And thrives on making others feel welcome.

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, was arrested on October 2 on a cruise in connection to the possession of illegal drugs.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

Babar Azam (68) and Mohammad Rizwan (79) made light of a 152-run target to help Pakistan break a World Cup jinx against India.

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Shah Rukh Khan called himself a peddler of love. That’s better than the pitches selling religion. Love is all we need now.

Advertisement