Yogi Blends Tradition With Modernity, Talks of English Education From Nursery
After surprising most of his detractors with a popular but economically balanced farm loan waiver, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is now making all the right noises with regards to educational reforms.
File photo of UP CM Yogi Adityanath/PTI photo
New Delhi: After surprising most of his detractors with a popular but economically balanced farm loan waiver, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is now making all the right noises with regard to educational reforms.
In an interview to news portal Khabare, Adityanath stressed on the need for teaching English in schools from elementary level and said the state board has been asked to review the curriculum.
“We have decided to introduce English in government schools from nursery. Why should they be made to wait till Class VI to learn the language. From Class III, they should be taught Sanskrit and from Class X they should have the option of learning a foreign language of their choice. If someone wants to go to Germany or Japan for higher studies he or she has to take a three-month course in that language. This will not be needed,” Adityanath told the news portal.
The CM said his government will focus on enrolling all 11 lakh children who are not in schools at present. He said he wanted UP education board to have modern curriculum and text books on the lines of NCERT.
For higher education, he stressed on common curriculum and coordination between all 16 universities in the state.
On his government’s priorities, Yogi said he had told his colleagues to tackle the challenges of corruption, lawlessness, casteism and appeasement.
Taking about the impact of farm loan waiver on state finances, the CM said he tried to strike a balance between the need to help the farmers and good fiscal health.
“The expenditure on this count comes to Rs 36,000 crore. Along with the NPAs of Rs 4000 crore, it would be Rs 40,000 crore. We plan to generate this money by cutting wasteful expenditure of Rs 8000 to 10,000 crore and by raising more resources. We will return the money to banks in four to five instalments.”
When asked about controversial crackdown on slaughterhouses and setting up of anti-Romeo squads, Yogi said both the drives were promised in the BJP manifesto. “There is no discrimination or harassment. We are implementing what was already the law. So, no one who is following the law should worry. About complaints of harassment, I have already asked people to ensure that consenting youth should not be troubled,” he said.
Adityanath also hinted at a drive against alcohol shops in residential areas and didn’t even rule out cancellation of licences.
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