Primary education in child's native language improves learning: NCPCR

Primary education in childs native language improves learning: NCPCR

New Delhi: There is a need for proper implementation of education to children in their mother tongue, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has observed in its report titled 'Proper Implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009'.

The 11-page report, accessed by Millennium Post, states that till the level of primary education, children should be taught in their native language, which helps them to understand things better.

Priyank Kanoongo, member of the child rights body, stated that a provision is there in RTE Act, states that the "medium of instructions shall, as far as practicable, be in child's mother tongue". However, the problem is that it has not been properly implemented.

"This should be properly implemented, which will help children in learning many subjects easily," said Kanoongo.

Citing an example, the NCPCR functionary said in many states, children often have to learn a subject in a language different from their native tongue, forcing them to learn the other language and delaying the learning process.

There are also several recommendations in the report, one being education for all.

"If some kid is a school dropout, the minor should be enrolled back in the school," states the report.

It also adds that asic facilities should be available in all schools. The Commission also wants that there should be a review to check whether the students studying in minority schools are getting benefits or not.

Recently, the Commission had emphasised that community participation in education can be helpful for the children, as it can increase the enrolment in schools.

NCPCR also found that digitisation of schools has a positive impact on the education of children. In another report, the Commission focussed on decreasing the weight of school bags down from Class I to V, suggesting that there should be one book which includes all the subjects.

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