TN Education minister says strong no to three-language policy

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The minister said that the two-language policy followed by Tamil Nadu for the last 80 years was a success and there was no reason for a change in the policy now. 

The BJP's friendly ally AIADMK-led government in Tamil Nadu has reiterated that they will not be implementing the much-trumpeted three-language policy proposed in the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

State Higher Education Minister K P Anbalgan has written a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank making it clear that the state government would go by the two-language formula that it has been following for the last 80 years.

 “Tamil Nadu has always followed the two-language formula, which has been a success. The state government has already taken a decision to continue with the two-language policy in future,” the minister said while reiterating the AIADMK government’s opposition to the controversial feature of the NEP.

The minister also opposed the proposal to conduct entrance exams for UG courses by the National Testing Agency, saying the move would discourage rural students. The Tamil Nadu government is not for such a proposal,” he said in the letter.

“After detailed deliberations and as per the instructions of the CM, the Tamil Nadu government formed a seven-member committee headed by the higher education secretary to go through the policy (NEP) and offer comments and recommendations that could be adopted by the state,” Anbalagan said in the letter.

Pointing out that NEP’s target of 50% Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) by 2035 will be achieved by the state in the 2019-20 academic year itself, the minister said Tamil Nadu can achieve the ambitious target of 65% GER in 2035.

The NEP has been the main topic of deliberation at the inaugural session of the Governor’s conference in New Delhi on Monday. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that NEP 2020 will work towards building an Atmanirbhar Bharat, President Ramnath Kovind said that the policy would be helpful in making Indian students global citizens (With inputs from agencies)

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