CBSE: No change in language policy

PUBLISH DATE 20th April 2017

The chairperson of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday said there was “no change in its language policy“ to make Hindi compulsory till class X in CBSE schools. The statement followed reports of “in-principle“ approval to a parliamentary committee's recommendations in Hindi language which also include making study of the language compulsory till Class X. The CBSE has asked for the document to study it.

The Board follows a three-language formula till class VIII and two-language formula till class X with English as the mandatory language. In classes IX and X, students of CBSE schools either opt for a foreign language or Hindi or Sanskrit along with mandatory English. CBSE had recently proposed to the ministry of human resource development to implement the three-language formula till Class X but there was no recommendation to make the study of any language compulsory .

However, the proposal recommends keeping study of a foreign language out of the ambit of the three-language formula. This means the foreign language will be an additional non-qualifying subject.