'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
We have had this debate at many places (outside ISC) especially in South India, where states want their mother tongue to have prominence. The passionate guardians of these states feel that English is bad and mother tongue should be made a must. I see no harm in this because schools give an option of Hindi, Sanskrit, French and/or German. So, why not offer mother tongue?
It is my personal view that mother tongue can be taught by family at home and the child can have a chance of learning another language at school, that would help in the future.
As far as the medium of instruction goes, we would be making a big mistake to put a child through a mother tongue medium and then push the child into an English medium. The basic knowledge would not be a good foundation and the child would struggle at the higher education/intermediate/graduate.
However, we must try to provide education upto X+II standard in students' own mother languages.
Caution: Explosive. Handle with care.
And also the medium of instruction for learning should be English. As English is understood and read and written by everyone. So, the medium of instruction should be English only and not the mother tongue.
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