Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said it was essential to maintain the medium of instruction, at least up to Class 5, in the local language or mother tongue to make education inclusive and universal. He also added that the draft education policy promotes Indian languages and encourages philanthropic institutions in the field of school education.
The draft policy encourages philanthropic institutions in the field of school education. It said, “Private philanthropic schools must be encouraged and freed of regulatory overload.” It is a commendable objective that must be pursued by all the stakeholders in education with earnestness, Naidu said.
Advocating for the local language up to Class 5, the Vice President said that the draft policy proposes to encourage use of Indian languages in education, by providing quality books in Indian languages and recruiting more teachers wherever feasible. “Language is the medium of expression of our thoughts and emotions. Every Indian language is venerable. The literature in each language is rich and varied,” he said.
“We should learn as many languages as possible without neglecting our own mother tongue. Our languages can bring us together. They will help us increase our own knowledge and wider appreciation of diverse ideas,” Naidu said.
Naidu said the values of charity, empathy, compassion and voluntarism should be imbibed in students from an early age. Schools and educational institutions must empower students to grow into ideal citizens of the society, who would be responsive and responsible towards larger community.
“Schools must become resource centres for the local community and they should engage in voluntary community work and must focus on issues like social and gender justice, family health, cleanliness, child labour, environmental protection and preservation of natural resources,” he added.