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‘Unnecessary educational burden’: Centre on teaching students regional languages

by Times One Odia
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Justifying the Army Welfare Education Society’s decision to not teach regional languages in Army Public schools, the government on Friday said that teaching regional languages would put an “unnecessary educational burden” on the students.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence Ajay Bhatt made this statement in response to a question asked by Congress MP Dr Shashi Tharoor in the Lok Sabha. The Congress lawmaker sought to know the reason behind implementing such a decision across 136 Army Public Schools.

“Army Public Schools are established under the aegis of the Army Welfare and Education Society to cater to education requirements for wards of Indian Army personnel who hail from diverse backgrounds and regions of India with different mother tongues,” Bhatt said in a written statement.

He further explained that unlike other schools with students from the immediate and extended locality, all 136 Army Public Schools are enrolled primarily with wards of Indian Army personnel, who have been transferred from another location.

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