Naidu bats for use of mother tongue as medium of instruction at primary level
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called for making mother tongue the primary medium of instruction, at least until class 5. He suggested that educating a child in a language that is not spoken at home can be a big impediment to learning especially at the primary stage.
Referring to multiple studies, Naidu said that teaching through the mother tongue in the initial stages of education can boost a child's self-esteem and enhance his or her creativity. Describing the New Education Policy as a visionary and progressive document, he urged for implementing it in letter and spirit. Speaking at the inaugural session of the webinar organised by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture, the vice president focused on five key sectors to promote the use of the mother tongue. Apart from emphasising the use of mother tongue in primary education, the other highlighted areas are the use of local languages in administration, court proceedings and to deliver judgments in them, he said.