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Nagaland to Introduce Local Dialects in Schools

Nagaland to Introduce Local Dialects in Schools
May 12
15:51 2017

In a bid to preserve the local dialects of Nagaland, the government plans to introduce the dialects in schools from the coming session. Principal Secretary of school education issued a notification regarding the matter. However English will continue to be the medium of instructions in the schools.

The Nagaland government constituted a committee to inspect the existing scenario regarding the introduction of the three language policy. They also will make suggestions on the implementation of MILs/local dialects in schools. Naga Heritage studies along with local languages will be introduced in the urban areas. However this will be used only for the students from outside the local linguistic group of the area.

The aforementioned committee also said that the textbooks of local languages presently used in the schools will be reviewed and updated and further developed by the SCERT Nagaland. Assistance will be taken from different language officers in order to maintain a standard in the textbooks.

Alternative English will be removed from the syllabus as the local dialects are being introduced in the mainstream course. However this will be done phase wise, starting from Class-V from 2018, and Class-VI to VIII from 2019. Schools will be allowed to add languages in addition to local dialect of the concerned area. Therefore every school will have to introduce at least one local dialect.

It is also stated that the existing teachers in government schools, teaching local languages, will be trained and deployed as language teachers in addition to their normal duty. The private schools too are recommended to follow a similar plan of action.


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