“An Unequal Childhood”

An interesting piece in Outlook, entitled “An Unequal Childhood,” discusses how “Education remains a preserve of the rich as India’s states renege on the 25 per cent reservation the RTE Act promises to the poor.”

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A push for Japanese in Indian schools?

From a recent piece in the Hindustan Times, entitled: “PM Modi wants Japanese to be taught online”:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged Japan to take the initiative to introduce teaching of Japanese language online and said Indian languages could also be introduced in Japan.

“India had introduced Japanese as a language option in schools, but there was a shortage of teachers. I urge Japan to take the initiative to introduce teaching of Japanese language online.”

“Towards true language federalism”

A provocative piece in the Free Press Journal on the hegemony of Hindi in the Indian landscape, by :

The new Union government seems hellbent on Hindi-fying the regime and its activities. The original party of the upper Gangetic plain bazaar class is back at doing what Hindiwallahs used to do regularly before Tamils showed them some serious spine. The Union government’s insistence on Hindi promotion by any means necessary and other unnecessary means. At this juncture, one must again question the relationship between people, power and language in a multi-national state like the Indian Union. And if that state wants to be humane and representative, what should its language policy look like?

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CSAT protests: Updated

I had reported earlier on the CSAT protests in India; here’s an update from The Times of India:

NEW DELHI: In a relief to Civil Services aspirants agitating against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) pattern, the government has said that the marks for questions relating to English comprehension in Paper II of the prelims exam should not be counted for gradation and merit of the candidates. However, the CSAT format shall stay and the August 24 prelims exam will be held as per schedule.

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CSAT Protests in India

From a piece on protests against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in India:

While one may argue with the students’ contention that the exam should be postponed because of the time they lost owing to protests, the agitation does point to two troubling issues. One is the sheer lack of English proficiency among millions of youth, even among those who have been to English-medium schools. That English-comprehension, which accounts for no more 22 marks in a 200 mark paper, should exercise the youth is a grim reminder of the quality of English teaching across the country. It is of course not fair to punish students for poor transmission of English — and the UPSC must calibrate suitably in the current format — but both the Centre and states must reflect on the political effects of having unfulfilled millions who seek to get ahead in the English-dominated globalised workplace, but cannot because their schools have failed them.
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