Kannada-medium schools

From the Hindustan Times:

THIRTHAHALLI (SHIMOGA): When five-year-old Surashya goes to school, it’s a rather lonely life. For, the only other person there is her teacher H M Jaya Kumar.

Kannada-medium government schools in rural areas are facing low enrollment of primary school children. There are eight such kids in the village but their parents would rather they go to nearby private schools. But the government is keeping its word of not closing schools, even if there’s only one student. And that’s exactly what’s happening in the lower primary school at Jedi Kuni village near Araga in Thirthahalli taluk which has classes up to the fifth standard. Since June this year, it’s had one teacher and one child.”

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HRD Ministry to Emphasize on Sanskrit Learning in Schools

Aug. 6, 2014

In a drive to boost Sanskrit education in schools and keep the interest going among the students, the HRD ministry had roped in National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to organize a 3-day national seminar as part of the Sanskrit week beginning from 07 August 2014. The national seminar would be titled ‘Challenges in Sanskrit Teaching and Learning’ in which the NCERT is planning to take special measures to help Sanskrit find its place in the school textbooks and make it more interesting.

A meeting has been organized between the heads of premiere institutions in school education in India comprising of NCERT, CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. The meeting was conducted to work upon measures that can help bring the students to take interest in Sanskrit language. Kendriya Vidyalaya has decided to encourage Sanskrit by initiating Sanskrit Morning Prayer in the schools.

The seminar which is scheduled to take place in this month would be attended by eminent Scholars in Sanskrit, teachers, educators and Sanskrit language enthusiasts from all over the nation. The main agenda of the seminar is to decide on the Sanskrit curriculum in schools, the revision of the Sanskrit syllabus and textbooks. To make reading easier for the students the seminar would also discuss about the supplementary reading material and use of audio-visual material for teaching and learning. The development of e-content in Sanskrit would also get discussed so that the students can use the web medium to find more information and knowledge about the language.

Former VC of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sanshtan, Radha Vallabh Tripathi would be addressing the seminar and scholars in Sanskrit and teachers from various parts of the country would present their views on how to make the teaching and learning experience of Sanskrit more interesting and effective. This would help making the language popular among the school children and guide the teachers on the method of teaching Sanskrit in schools.


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.”