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    Three-language formula of the NEP-2020

    The three-language formula was first discussed in the Chief Ministers' conference way back in 1961. Thereafter, the three-language formula was brought into existence in the National Education Policy (NEP) of 1968. This three-language formula directed learning three languages by students, viz. mother-language, Hindi and English. This formula created much controversy at that time. It was alleged that the students whose mother-language was Hindi, got huge advantages due to this formula. The southern states opposed implementation of this formula and ultimately it was quietly dumped (although not admitted officially).

    The National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020 has again brought a new three-language formula. The basic objective of bringing this formula to promote multilingualism and strengthen national unity. The three-language formula states that every student in India should learn three languages: two of which should be native Indian languages, including one regional language, and the third should be English. The formula is applicable to both Government and private schools, and the medium of instruction can be any of the three languages.

    Many educationists think that this new formula has properly addressed the issue of undue advantage for Hindi-speaking students (as mentioned in the first Para). But, at the same time, students now have additional burden as they have to study an additional language. Finally, it would be difficult during the initial years to implement this new three-language formula in rural areas of the country.

    Against this backdrop, I would like to know the valuable opinions of the members about the new three-language formula introduced by the NEP-2020.

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    In AP, the language formula has been in implementation for many years. The First Language is English and the second language is Telugu. These two are compulsory. The third language can be selected from Hindi or Sanskrit. When we studied, up to Xth class this system is followed and in intermediate only two languages. English is compulsory. 2nd language has to be selected from a list.
    I feel the three-language formula is beneficial to the students. English is the universal language and one should learn this language as they may have to pursue education in other countries also. Then comes the mother tongue. One should study their mother tongue so that they will become proficient in that language. A good understanding of the national language is also required so that when they move within the country they will not have problems in communicating. Hindi is not the national language but the majority of people in India speak and understand this language. So one should have good knowledge of this subject.

    drrao
    always confident


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