Chennai: In a move dubbed as "retrograde" by sections of parents and educationist, the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) board has decided to discontinue teaching German as a third language option in the middle of the academic year. The decision is likely to affect thousands of students of Classes 6 to 8 in 500-odd KVs across the country which teach German.
Students are already in their second term and have completed at least one summative and one formative assessment. The academic year ends in early March.
The decision was taken at the latest board meeting of the KVs held on October 27, which was chaired by Union minister of human resource development Smriti Irani. It is apparently aimed at restoring the primacy of the three-language formula under which English and two modern Indian languages are taught.
A circular dated November 10, which includes minutes of the board meeting, has been sent to all the KVs. It said, "Teaching of the German language as an option to Sanskrit will be discontinued forthwith. Students studying German as an option to Sanskrit in Class 6 to 8 shall be given an option to study Sanskrit or any other modern Indian language of his or her choice."
The resolution added that in view of the mid-session policy change, appropriate and adequate counseling to students and parents affected by the move would be organized by the school. It also said that students interested in learning German could study it as an additional subject or hobby but not as a third language.