Sanskrit to be introduced as second language from class I

Published on: 19 Feb, 2013
Published under: Education News Kerala, Ernakulam District News, General Kerala News

18 Feb 2013

With an aim to revive Sanskrit language, once considered the mother of all languages in India, the government has decided to introduce Sanskrit as a second language from class I from the next academic year, in all state syllabus schools. “We have decided to introduce Sanskrit as the second language from the primary section. At present, Sanskrit is taught only from class V. This would also create more posts for Sanskrit teachers in schools,” said director of public instruction (DPI) A Shahjahan.

According to the CBSE guidelines, schools have to teach atleast three languages till Class VIII with English being compulsory. Class IX onwards, students have to choose between Sanskrit, Malayalam and Hindi.

“We have enough Sanskrit teachers but there are very few students who opt for Sanskrit in schools,” Kerala Private Secondary School Headmasters Association secretary, PJ Jose said. There are at present 2,920 teachers teaching Sanskrit in these schools.


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