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  • The clause recommending mandatory Hindi teaching in all schools was dropped from the draft National Education Policy, after the Union government faced an intense backlash from States.


  • The revised draft retains the recommendation to
    introduce a three-language formula from Class 1 onwards; it simply removes the clause stipulating the specific languages that students must choose.
  • There is substantial space devoted to recognising the diversity and multilingual nature of the country, and giving autonomy to the States.
  • The Centre went into damage control mode, with senior Cabinet Ministers tweeting reassurances that Hindi would not be imposed without further consultations.
  • Finally, the revised draft was uploaded by the Human Resource Development Ministry.
  • In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations some time during secondary school.”
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