Did The Draft On New Education Policy Recommend Making Hindi Mandatory Till Class 8 In India?

1:34 pm 10 Jan, 2019


The moment I saw this news my first reaction was, NO! Followed by a silent irksome scream of WTF! The news said that the new draft prepared by the nine-member K Kasturirangan committee on the New Education Policy (NEP) had come up with many recommendations to reform the educational policy in India. One of such ‘India-centric’ and ‘scientific’ recommendation was proposing that Hindi should be made mandatory till class 8.

For the uninitiated, there are many non-Hindi speaking states where Hindi is not a compulsory language in school. The states are West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, and Assam.




According to the initial reports, one of the key recommendations read:

“Adhere strictly to the three-language formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8 across the country, ensure a uniform syllabus nationwide for Science and Maths, develop a script in Devanagari for tribal dialects, and promote education based on hunar (skill)”.



There is no doubt that many states speak Hindi language but why should the states with dominant local languages learn Hindi? This is a simple question which certainly needs to be answered. It’s quite natural that most of the netizens reacted on this recommendation and even called it ‘illogical’. Here’s how they reacted on the news that Hindi should be made mandatory till class 8.






Later it turned out that all the hullabaloo was in vain. Why? With a tweet, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar cleared the air. He confirmed that no such recommendation was made in the draft. Javadekar further said that the news circulated was mischievous and misleading. Here’s the tweet on this fake news:




Though mildly pacified, the netizens still had a lot to say over this fake news. Check them out:









It is said that the committee also recommended that a permanent high-power committee on education should be formed which will be headed by Prime Minister. Further, the draft talked about the promotion of technical and professional courses among SC/ST. Other than that, they also recommended the strengthening of regulatory mechanism which should be headed by non-bureaucrats.




Thankfully, news on recommendation that Hindi should be made mandatory till class 8 is fake and that is confirmed by the HRD Minister. How would you react if it wasn’t a fake news? What is your reaction on this entire fiasco? Let us know in the comments below.


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