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Language bias common in schools: Study

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The country is celebrating Children’s Day on Saturday, six days ahead of Universal Children’s Day on November 20. Even after 50 years of celebrations, the ground reality for children remains the same. They are still devoid of basic education facilities in the state and the worst-affected ones are girls who are often neglected in all social groups.

A recent study conducted by a consortium of 20 non-government organizations in eight districts of Rajasthan on adolescent health shows that lingual discrimination remains a common phenomenon even at schools. Among the surveyed students, lingual discrimination was reported by 69% girls from Scheduled Tribes, 23.1% from Scheduled Castes, 50% girls from Other Backward Castes and 80% from general category. Read More>>

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Multilingual Education For Social Justice

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Edited by Ajit K. Mohanty, Minati Panda, Robert Philipson, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas; Orient Blackswan 1/24, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 675.

“Multilingual education is human rights education,” is the constant refrain of Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, one of the two “inspiring pioneer scholars,” to whom the book is dedicated. The book is a passionate call to respect and enshrine the inalienable right of all the children of the world to learn their languages and through their languages. Denial of linguistic human rights is a crime against humanity. The book is also a powerful indictment of the sinister privileging of languages like English that are marginalising and decimating humanity’s rich language resources.

This is a collection of articles by some of the leading thinkers in the emerging field of Multilingual Education (MLE), which means using two or more languages as media of learning. Many of them have also been closely associated with pioneering experiments in vastly different cultural contexts across continents, from Nordic countries to Africa, the Americas and Asia. It is of immense value to lay readers as well as experts and doers in the MLE. To the latter, it presents a critique of different paths and modes that are emerging from experiments, including those in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh (India).

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SC’s language lesson to schools: Teach in English

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday frowned upon the imposition of mother-tongue as a compulsory medium of instruction in educational institutions and warned it could go against the interests of students struggling in the competitive world dominated by English language.

A three judge bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan observed if states try to impose their mother-tongue on unwilling students, it could turn counter-productive and make them ineligible even for clerical jobs.

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