By: Express News Service | Chennai |
Updated: August 3, 2020 1:38:06 pm
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. (File)
Expressing anguish over the Centre’s New Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) pushing for a three-language policy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami categorically said that the state will continue to follow the two language policy.
Calling the Centre’s plan “painful and saddening”, CM Palaniswami said the Prime Minister should reconsider the three-language policy and allow states to implement their own policy on the subject.
Rejecting Centre’s three-language formula proposed in the NEP2020, he said there will not be any deviation from the two-language policy in Tamil Nadu, which has been followed for several decades. “Tamil Nadu will never allow the Centre’s three-language policy. The state will continue with its dual language policy (of Tamil and English),” he said.
Edapaddi’s statement came a day after Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the Centre would not force any language on states, in a bid to allay fears. The Education Minister’s statement had come amid protests in Tamil Nadu on the grounds that the policy allegedly imposed Hindi and Sanskrit. Nishank had said the policy leaves it to states to choose the languages.
In a tweet to former Union minister from the state Pon Radhakrishnan, Nishank said he was looking forward to the guidance of the ex-central minister in implementing NEP in Tamil Nadu “I once again like to insist that the central government will not impose any language on any state,” he said.
The M K Stalin-led DMK and many opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed NEP and want a review of the sweeping reforms it has proposed. On Saturday, Stalin said the policy was an attempt at the alleged imposition of Hindi and Sanskrit, and vowed to fight it by joining hands with like-minded political parties and chief ministers of other states.
(With inputs from PTI)
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