CBSE to restore communicative English, Sanskrit in Classes 9,10: Report

The CBSE has decided to reintroduce communicative English and Sanskrit in Classes 9 and 10 curriculum from 2022 and 2023.

CBSE to restore communicative English, Sanskrit in Classes 9,10: Report CBSE to restore communicative English, Sanskrit in Classes 9,10 (credit-Shutterstock)
Abhijit Srivastava | Aug 23, 2021 - 12:22 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to restore communicative English and Sanskrit in Classes 9 and 10 curricula to bring them in line with the National Education Policy (NEP 2020), the Hindustan Times reports. Communicative English will be a part of the Class 9 curriculum from 2022-23 and Sankrit will be introduced in the Class 10 curriculum in 2023-24.

English and Sanskrit were being taught at two levels in secondary school till they were discontinued in 2018-19, says the HT report. English was taught at two levels -- communicative and core. The communicative level involved content on communication skills and day-to-day language usage. While the core courses focussed on literature and writing. These will now be restored to the curriculum.

The report says that the CBSE director (academics) Joseph Emmanuel has written to principals of CBSE schools saying, “In pursuance to recommendation of National Education Policy 2020 regarding availability of all subjects and corresponding assessments at two levels as per the needs and interest of students, CBSE is planning to offer English and Sanskrit at two levels from the academic year 2022-23 in class IX and subsequently in class X in the year 2023-24.The Board will offer communicative based curricula which CBSE used to offer in these languages till the year 2018 in these languages.”

This has been done in line with the NEP 2020, says Emmanuel’ letter as quoted in HT. “As NEP stresses on using an approach to learning that highlights the importance of real life contexts and enabling students to apply their knowledge in real life scenarios, communicative approach to languages would certainly develop the student’s competence to communicate in the target language (communicative competence), with an enhanced focus on real-life situations.”

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