Chandigarh, October 21, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) to review its decision to include Punjabi in the list of minor subjects for class ten and class twelve board examinations.
In a statement here, SAD Spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the decision was against the spirit of the constitution which gave due importance to State languages as well as federal principles under which all State languages had been given prime importance in their respective States.
“By reducing Punjabi to a minor language, the CBSE is not only doing a disservice to the language but also depriving students of the State the opportunity to take it up as a major subject”.
Dr Cheema said the CBSE should take note of the Punjab Language Act which had made Punjabi a mandatory subject. “The CBSE should not do anything which dilutes the position of Punjabi as a State language in Punjab.
This decision also sends out a signal that the centre is trying to wean students away from their mother tongue. This impression should be corrected immediately by reviewing the decision”, Dr Cheema added.