BENGALURU: Many principals and teachers of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) have welcomed the Union government’s decision to remove German as a third language of study.
On October 27, the board of governors of Kendriya Vidyalayas had decided to remove the option for students to learn German as an alternative to Sanskrit.
A KV school principal said, “This is a good initiative. We have our own languages that we need to be proud of. We should place importance on learning them and not give preference to foreign languages.”
Karnataka Sanskrit University Vice-Chancellor Shrinivasa Varakhedi said, “I welcome the government’s step. Initially, Sanskrit was a compulsory third language in the education curriculum at KV schools. But in later years, it was pushed to the backburner as many more languages were added as options. Now, with this move, Sanskrit has regained its rightful place. That is not to say that students should not learn German. They can, but not at the expense of Sanskrit.”
“There is no harm in learning Sanskrit. Whether it will unnecessarily create stress among the children or not, the content delivery will be regulated for the current semester. Moreover, learning a new language is not difficult. Sanskrit, for instance, is similar to Hindi which they (children) are already learning. Nothing is a burden to a child,” said H R Shyamala, a teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hebbal.
But a principal from another KV school was quick to mention that the government should have waited until the end of the current academic year to make the change.
“It will be a burden for the students, especially the ones in Class 8. They are supposed to learn the elementary aspects, from the sixth and seventh grade syllabus, all in a matter of three to four months,” he said.
K Eresi, former chairman, Department of Foreign Languages, Bangalore University agreed.
“They should rethink and probably start it from next year. The sudden change should not demoralise the children and stop them from learning a foreign language.”