Promoting regional languages

J&K Board of School Education has been directed by the Division Bench of State High Court to teach regional languages in all the Government and private schools without any discrimination from the current academic   session. The direction was passed in response to a Public Interest Litigation.
It is now learnt that from class First to 5th, Kashmiri, Dogri, Punjabi, Gojri, Bodhi and Pahari languages are to be taught as one of the compulsory subjects. From 6th to 8th, the subjects Kashmiri, Dogri, Punjabi and Bodhi are to be taught as one of the compulsory subjects in such areas where these languages are spoken as mother tongue in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh provinces.
The Bench has directed the Board of School Education to strictly implement Government Order No. 222 Edu of 2006 dated April 10, 2006 in the three provinces, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh without any discrimination in all schools as prescribed and in line with the communication of the Secretary J&K State Board of School Education from the current academic session. The directions have got to be followed and implemented without any fail.
Only knowing English does not make a student more intelligent and this is no myth but a reality. Imparting education at primary and middle level school education in regional languages can help the students understand the concept deeply with more clarity. In most of the cases, it becomes easier for the teacher as well to bring home to the students ideas and theories with clear perception. Regional languages, besides ensuring building a strong base of elementary education, also connect the students with their rich culture and traditions to ward off the over effects of Western culture.


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