The DMK has appointed a team to review the Draft National Education Policy after it alleged that the allocation of funds in the Union Budget to support appointment of Hindi teachers in non-Hindi speaking states was in "contradiction" to removal of compulsory Hindi clauses.
Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) appointed a team to review the Draft National Education Policy (NEP), saying the decision was necessitated by the BJP-led central government's "serious" attempts to somehow "impose" Hindi language.
The Leader of Opposition in the assembly MK Stalin said allocation of funds in the Union Budget to support appointment of Hindi teachers in non-Hindi speaking states was in "contradiction" to removal of compulsory Hindi clauses in revised draft education policy issued last month.
"DMK is willing to seek opinions from experts in education on the Draft National Education Policy, which is posing a threat to classical language Tamil," Stalin said in a statement.
The nine-member team, including former higher education minister K Ponmudi and former school education minister Thangam Thennarasu, have been asked to submit a report within 10 days.
The report would be submitted to the Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development, he noted.
Alleging that the BJP-led Centre was "serious" in somehow imposing Hindi language, the DMK chief said, "The recent budget allocation to support appointment of Hindi teachers in non-Hindi speaking states is in contradiction to the revised draft education policy."
Early last month, the Centre dropped the contentious provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states and issued a revised draft education policy amid outrage over its earlier suggestion.
The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy and alleged it was tantamount to thrusting Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states.
The draft of the National Education Policy, proposed by the panel constituted by Union minister Prakash Javadekar when he was HRD minister in the previous Modi government, had suggested teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.
The move triggered outbursts across the state of Tamil Nadu with several people coming together in opposing it.
Javadekar had clarified that it was just a draft and that nothing had been finalised. Yet, protests continued and soon enough, the Centre decided to scrap it altogether.
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Last Updated 14, Jul 2019, 5:01 PM