Learning Hindi, English crucial for integration: Sibal

Union Minister Kapil Sibal strongly batted for teaching Hindi and English in all schools across the country, saying fluency in both the languages will help the students to integrate better within the country and outside.

New Delhi: Union Minister Kapil Sibal
On Monday strongly batted for teaching Hindi and English in all
schools across the country, saying fluency in both the
languages will help the students to integrate better within
the country and outside.

"Our education system should change from MOTS (More of
the Same) to HOTS (High Order Thinking Skills). We should
create knowledge which will be used by other people. Now we
are a recipient of knowledge and in the future we should
produce the knowledge," the HRD Minister said while addressing
the Council of Boards of Secondary Education here.

"Under the Right to Education Act, all students are
entitled to learn their respective mother tongue. I completely
agree, but when a student goes out of his state he needs
Hindi but some are not good at communicating in it," he said.

"Now the lingua franca is English for professionals.
When we become producers of knowledge then we can set our
language as the lingua franca," Sibal said.

We should ensure greater emphasis on Hindi as its
knowledge is necessary for students to integrate with the rest
of the country. The same students integrate with the rest of
world through English, he said.

"Hindi should be taught along with the regional
language. Some students are exceptionally good in their mother
tongues. They should learn other languages too," the Union
minister said, adding there was a need to bring a level of
quality in education that will generate the knowledge needed
for the future.

Bureau Report