Want the board to introduce two languages having a combined weightage of 100 marks.
The Supreme Court has given the nod for introducing Sanskrit as third language replacing German in Kendriya Vidyalayas from the current academic session. Students would be required to appear in Sanskrit examination from the next academic session (2015-16). Schools would provide facilities to students who wanted to pursue German or any other language as an optional subject. However, schools will have to address several issues before introducing the subject. If Sanskrit is introduced in the middle of the academic year then children will have undergo difficulties while studying the subject. Today, Sanskrit language is not generating much interest among students who are more inclined towards learning foreign language.
When AV spoke to Sangeeta Srivasatav, Principal of Sardar Vallabhai Patel School (SVP), Kandivali (W) and asked if they have the required faculty strength to teach the students she said, “Yes. We have the required faculty who can teach students but will have to make some amendments in the timetable since it will become a part of the curriculum.”
When AV asked her further, “Also, with advanced technology and globalisation, should foreign languages like German and French be included in the curriculum,” she said, “Yes. It should be included as with globalisation, foreign companies invest in the Indian market for expanding their business operations. If students know foreign languages then it will be an added advantage for them.”
When asked if students should have an option to choose the languages of their choice, Sangeeta replied, “Yes but they have to compulsorily learn the main languages like English, national language Hindi, and one vernacular language. If students are keen to learn another language, they should be encouraged.”
Rashmi Pandya, Vice-Principal Sardar Vallabhai Patel School said, “The Board should introduce two languages having a combined weightage of 100 marks. For instance, 50 marks should be allotted to Gujarati and remaining 50 should be allotted to Marathi language.”
Titus D’sliva, Vice-Principal, St. John the Evangelist High School, Andheri said, “The education department will have to create vacancies for hiring teachers for teaching Sanskrit. The teachers will have to be undergo adequate training to gain competency in the subject. There will also be monetary issues (salaries for these special teachers) as the management will be reluctant to bear the financial burden so the government will have to resolve these issues too. Otherwise the students will end paying up for learning the new language.
She said, “Yes, it should be included as it will prove to be beneficial for students while visiting foreign countries. Moreover, foreign languages are much easier to learn. I think students should be offered options to choose a language of their choice.”
When AV asked few students about how they will cope up with Sanskrit after its introduction in schools, Bhumika Aarethiya, an eighth standard student said, “I will have to attend Sanskrit classes. Once, I learn the language, I can teach it to my siblings and family if they are interested in learning it.”
Aakash Kolekar, an 8th standard student said, “I will give extra time for learning Sanskrit as it’s a new and rare language. I would like to learn this language as I feel it would be interesting.”