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Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the CBSE school students in Odisha can learn various subjects in Odia language

Bhubaneswar:22/7/23: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said the CBSE school students in Odisha can learn various subjects in Odia language.

Similalry, students in other States can now impart the education on their mother tongue like Bengali, Telugu as per the provisions of the National Education Policy, 2020 (NEP-2020), which is giving emphasis to various Indian languages, Pradhan told reporters.

The decision of the CBSE to use mother tongue as an optional medium of teaching up to Class XII will enhance critical thinking of the students.

Till now, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools have been using Hindi or English languages as a medium of teaching.

The main objective of the move is that the students learn the subjects properly without any doubt and language should not be a barrier in his learning, Pradhan said. If a student will impart education in the mother tongue, it will enhance his/her critical thinking. The CBSE schools will teach students in all languages recognised under the eighth schedule of Indian Constitution including Odia, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayali, Kanad, etc. in a phased manner, the Education Minister informed.

In a circular dated July 21, The CBSE has allowed its affiliated schools to use their mother tongue language as an optional medium of instruction from pre-primary to class XII in addition to other existing options. This major step has been taken in accordance with New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The board has also asked the schools to explore available resources and consult with experts in the field to share best practices to make multilingual education in CBSE schools a reality.

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