CBSE FOR EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE?

Language policy propped up by CBSE is the root cause of the recent unrest triggered by the Central Services Aptitude Test.

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LANGUAGE POLICY AND THE CBSE
Engr K Vijayachandran FIE

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) claims itself to be a National Board, committed to Equity and Excellence in School Education (1). However, its primary aim appears to be promotion of English as the medium of education in the country.

In 1962 there were only 309 schools under its care, mostly inherited from the colonial era. Today, there are nearly 9000 schools under CBSE system, including 141 schools in foreign countries, 897 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 1761 Government Schools, 5827 independent schools, 480 Jawahar Novodaya Vidyalayas and 14 Central Tibetan Schools run for the Dalai Lama. CBSE with the vast resources at its command and support for the English medium virtually dominates the schooling system and its management in the country (2).

Before the CBSE drive started in early sixties, share of English medium enrollment in Kerala schools was negligible: It reached half…

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