The Government revised the draft National Education Policy by dropping a contentious clause that proposed to make Hindi mandatory in schools.
The revised version of the draft policy, uploaded on the Human Resource Development ministry website, now simply stipulates that the three-language formula will need to be implemented in its spirit throughout the country, promoting multilingual country.
The initial version had made it mandatory for students in Hindi-speaking states learn a modern Indian language, apart from Hindi and English and, in non-Hindi-speaking states, Hindi along with the regional language and English.
“Students who wish to change one of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6, so long as the study of three languages by students in the Hindi-speaking states would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in the non-Hindi-speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English,” the draft policy had earlier said.(ANN NEWS ENGLISH)