The students of Kendriya Vidyalayas will get an opportunity to study Spanish, French, Mandarin as an additional foreign language along with German. The students will be able to opt for these subjects, provided that there are at least 15 students who wish to pursue the same.
According to reports, senior officials said that it has been decided that KV students should be allowed to study these four languages as additional foreign languages, keeping in mind their importance as they are spoken by large populations globally. Senior officials confirmed that a decision to allow the teachings of these foreign languages in KVs has been taken up in a recent meeting.
Earlier on Monday, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Smriti Irani had also said that students from classes VI to VIII of KVs who are desirous of learning German are allowed to study it as an additional subject, provided at least 15 or more students in a school opt for the same.
The HRD Ministry had also signed a Joint Declaration of Intent with the Federal Foreign Office of Germany in October, which aims at promoting the teachings of German as an additional foreign language and also the teachings of modern Indian languages in German institutions.
German was being taught in KVs but last year the Board of Governors (BoG) of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), headed by HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, had in its meeting, on October 27, decided to discontinue the teachings of German language as an option to Sanskrit. The decision had later led to controversy.