Hindi compulsory only till Class 8 : Nagaland Edn Dept
KOHIMA, Apr 11
After Union Home Minister Amit Shah's controversial remark stating that the North East States have agreed to make Hindi compulsory in schools up to Class X, drawing opposition from various quarters in the region, the Nagaland School Education has come out to clarify its ground.
“The State of Nagaland follows three language formula up to class VIII and Hindi is offered as a compulsory language subject up to class VIII. In classes IX-X, students have the liberty to study either Hindi or any Modern Indian Language (Ao/Bengali/Lotha/Sumi/Tenyidie) or Alternative English as the Second Language,” Principal Director Shanavas C said.
Shanavas also said that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 advocates adopting three language policy up to secondary, but it does not impose any language on States. As per NEP 2020, the three languages learned by children will be the choices of States, regions, and of course the students themselves, he said.
While the timeline for the implementation of NEP 2020 is within 2030, he said that the Ministry of Education has not issued any instructions for making Hindi compulsory in the Secondary stage.
The clarification by the School Education Department comes after several political parties opposed the ‘imposition’ of Hindi as a compulsory subject till Class 10.