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Sanskrit Shiksha Sangh draws CBSE to court following private schools’ inability to follow Sanskrit as third language

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Sanskrit Shiksha Sangh (SSS) recently gave a legal notice to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for being unable to make the private schools affiliated by it. The association will approach the High Court, in case of an improper response or action from the board.

SSS general secretary V Dayalu told ET, “It has been six months since the KVs stopped teaching German as the third language subject.”

“But students in many private schools continue to learn Spanish, French, German as the third language in classes VI, VII and VIII. The government cannot have a different approach for KVs and a different one for private schools,” Dayalu added.

The three-language formula included in the national education policy states that secondary stage students should also learn a modern Indian language apart from English and Hindi.

As per ET’s report, in 2013, the SSS had moved the Delhi High Court alleging that the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan’s decision to introduce German as a third language in place of Sanskrit was against this formula. This eventually caused the government to drop German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Monica Arora, representative of Supreme Court lawyers of SSS told ET, “This isn’t a battle between foreign languages and Sanskrit. We are okay with schools offering any modern Indian language as the third language subject. We just want CBSE to follow what it had stated in its affidavit in the high court. They should either follow the law or have it changed”.

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French Education Ministry selects 79 Indian students for English Language Assistants program

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French Education Ministry's English Language Assistants programme
French Education Ministry's English Language Assistants programme that will see participation of 60 countries. VOA
  • French Education Ministry’s English Language Assistants program will see participation of 60 countries
  • The program will start in October 2017 and end in May 2018, according to a statement from the French Embassy and the Institut Français India (IFI)
  • The 79 students have been selected on the basis of their expertise in both French and English

New Delhi, June 18, 2017: A total of 79 Indian students have been selected for the French Education Ministry’s English Language Assistants programme that will see participation of 60 countries.

The programme will start in October 2017 and end in May 2018, according to a statement from the French Embassy and the Institute Français India (IFI) here on Thursday.

“In the framework of their bilateral cooperation in education, France and India have agreed to support the mobility of students, encouraging the internationalisation of their higher education training courses,” it said.

Students taking part in this 20-year-old teaching programme will be assisting English language teachers in primary, secondary and higher secondary schools by offering them an understanding of the language throughout the whole academic year.

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The 79 students have been selected on the basis of their expertise in both French and English.

“The programme provides a unique opportunity to Indian students who have already acquired a high level of French language competence and to have a first professional experience in the French academic milieu,” IFI Attache for Cooperation in Education Marie Doublier told IANS.

“They shall not only work in French schools but also live with French families to get a complete familiarity of the French lifestyle. They will also help develop links between French and Indian schools, teachers and students,” she said.

She added that most participants become French language teachers in Indian schools, colleges and universities when they return. (IANS)