Mother tongue mandatory in admission forms: CBSE

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Under three language formula, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all the schools to compulsory include information of a child’s mother tongue and his preference for the language for study in the admission forms of the schools affiliated to CBSE.

CBSE has directed to all the affiliated schools that a column should be introduced in the application form for admission keeping with the recommendation of the board’s examination committee on compulsory registration of mother tongue.

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A student can take any ‘modern Indian language ‘as the third language along with English and Hindi as per the constitution. It is a significant step taken by the authorities as it comes against the backdrop of controversy surrounding placement of Sanskrit with German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. Information on language preference will also help the schools streamline recruitment of language teachers and make a proper assessment of the preferred language.

As ensured under Article 350A of the Constitution, CBSE has already made it clear that children should be able to access education in their mother tongue in the primary stage itself.

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