Foreign languages like German and French might not be an option among the three-language formula from the following academic year at the schools.
The move is being expected from the Ministry of Human Resource Department which is believed to have contacted the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) about how the foreign languages should be provided as a fourth or fifth option.
A source said, "Languages which are listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution should be taught under the three language formula, while languages which are 'purely foreign' should be taught as a 'fourth language' as an elective subject."
The National Education Policy will now require the students who are in Hindi speaking states must learn a modern Indian language. They will have to learn this along with Hindi and English. In the non-Hindi speaking states, the students will have to learn Hindi, with regional language and English.
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18,000 schools that are affiliated to CBSE, offer the students an option of studying their mother tongue or Hindi, English and a foreign language. These languages range from German, French, and Mandarin to many other options. The students get the option of learning these languages till class 8.
The source also said, Consultations are on with the CBSE and the changes are likely to be implemented from next academic session
The board put forth a proposal last December concerning the three language formula for the secondary education to the HRD Ministry, which started many speculations on when the proposal will be executed. The proposal will be extending the scheme till class 10 and it will be doing away foreign languages as an option.