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Parents oppose CBSE's proposed new language scheme

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The Honourable Minister for Human Resource Development,
Government of India, New Delhi.


Respected Sir,

We, the parents of students at schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, humbly submit the following for your kind consideration and favorable action. The CBSE, it is reliably learnt, has proposed to make it mandatory for all students to learn two Indian languages, other than English for their board exams, effective from academic year 2017-18. However, according to the news report published in The Times of India, dated 03-02-2017, the students who are currently in Class VII onwards are exempted from this rule.

Students are given the option to select their second and third languages when they are in Class IV. The choices are carefully made taking into account the comfort level each student has with a particular  language. Over the years, students get themselves familiarised with the languages they have chosen, helping them improve their proficiency in the languages they have opted for.

For students who made their language options in Class V and have developed a level of comfort with the languages they have chosen, it is difficult to change their choices and learn a new language when they are moving to a stage where core subjects require equal attention as languages.

This is an issue which is going to affect thousands of students in Class V and Class VI in schools affiliated to the CBSE in India as well as abroad.

Considering the above, we humbly request you to bestow your personal attention in the matter and exempt students who are in Class V and Class VI (currently) also from the new scheme.              

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