By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Aug 03, 2020 13:47 IST
New Education Policy 2020: Reconsider three-language policy, Tamil Nadu CM to PM Modi

Tamil Nadu Minister Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday extends his request to Prime Minister Modi to re-consider the three language policy as laid down in New Education Policy 2020. Taking to his social media handle Tamil Nadu Chief Minister asks Prime Minster to pay heed to the unanimous demand of the people of Tamil Nadu to reconsider the three-language policy and allow states to make a decision as per their own policy. The response comes after Union Cabinet rolled-out New Education Policy 2020 after a gap of 34 years in the state.

According to NEP 2020, to promote multilingualism as well as promote national unity three-language formula will continue to be implemented. However, there will be a greater flexibility in the three-language formula, and no language will be imposed on any State, New Education Policy says. After clear mentioning of no imposition of 3 language formula on any state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said "We are saddened by the 3-language policy introduced by the central government in National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Our state is already following 2 language policy since decades & there will be no changes in it". Palaniswami also adds that on the unanimous demand of the people of Tamil Nadu, he requests Prime Minster to reconsider the three-language policy and allow Tamil Nadu states to make a decision as per their own policy. Here is what Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami says on New Education Policy 2020.

What is three Language Formula:

As per New Education Policy, Centre government will continue with the three-language formula while keeping in mind the Constitutional provisions, aspirations of the people, regions, and the Union, and the need to promote multilingualism as well as promote national unity. However, there will be a greater flexibility in the three-language formula, and no language will be imposed on any State. The three languages learned by children will be the choices of States, regions, and of course the students themselves, so long as at least two of the three languages are native to India.

Should Read- New Education Policy for Higher Education- Details

In particular, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or 7, as long as they are able to demonstrate basic proficiency in three languages (including one language of India at the literature level) by the end of secondary school, National Education Policy reads.