In an earlier article, I emphasized on why Primary Education is the number one priority for
English should be taught to all children of
What about learning our regional languages?
It’s very easy to manage education of one’s regional language. I studied in an English-medium school with Telugu as the first language. We learnt three languages – Telugu, Hindi, and English, while the medium of instruction for Social Studies, Sciences, and Mathematics was in English.
Telugu was always the toughest, being the first language (I guess) and the fact that it is inherently a more complicated language, than say, English. I can pick up a Telugu
We have not evolved our regional languages to talk the language of science and technology, thanks to our laziness, to our own pride which relegated these languages to poetry, fiction and for discussing social and political aspects, and to our stubbornness to retain the sanctity of the old language while refusing to reform it to suit the modern needs. Most importantly, science, technology and modern (constitutional democratic) institutions did not originate in our lands, and hence our languages have never adapted to deal with them.
Instead of fighting a losing battle to adapt these regional languages to study and address the modern issues, such as globalization, technology, science, universal values, etc, it’s high time we realize that our regional languages are not equipped to handle such issues. Topics such as sciences, mathematics, technology, globalization and new resea
English will emancipate our downtrodden
The new and emerging opportunities in
The biggest problem of
The Internet which has opened up information to billions in the world has NOT been effective in doing the same to rural
New opportunities only for English-speaking Indians
Many new jobs and many new opportunities are again limited to those who communicate well in English. Many rural Indians are not even aware of the possibilities that are out there and many feel they are not even competent to avail those opportunities because of lack of exposure, innate fear, diffidence and inferiority that comes out of lack of communications skills in English.
Indians who are educated in English are more aware of opportunities than those who are educated in regional languages. Most school going kids in the interior regions of Telangana do not even know that there are provisions called ‘reservations’. Some of them have never heard of an entrance test called EAMCET which is the gateway to the engineering and medical schools of the region.
Loans, pensions, schemes, etc, are all available to those who are aware about it. Most government schemes do not ever reach the rural
The insistence on creating more schools based on the regional language as medium is another case of misplaced priorities ridden with hypocrisies. The politicians, the social activists, and ardent regionalists and nationalists, who fight for the regional language as medium of instruction, invariably send their kids to English medium kids. Almost every Kannada leader who keeps fighting for Kannada schools sends his/her kids to an English Medium schools, and sometimes to international schools in other countries.