Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that mother tongue should be made the primary medium of instruction for children in primary education up to class 5th. This measure will boost the creativity and self-esteem of the children.
He addressed a webinar which was organized by the Education Ministry and the Cultural Ministry. At the inaugural session, he said that teaching the student in a language other than one spoken at home could be a huge hurdle in the development of a child in the primary stage.
Venkaiah Naidu also focused on five key sectors to promote mother tongue usage. He also emphasized the need to use the mother tongue in other areas like local languages in administration, delivering judgments, and also court proceedings.
Focusing on the point that the students should be comfortable and proud in communicating in their mother tongue he said that he wanted to incorporate indigenous languages in higher and technical education. He stressed increasing the usage of mother tongue at state and local levels.
Some prominent dignitaries present at the virtual event were Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre, and Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel.
Earlier Venkaiah Naidu tweeted in 22 Indian languages to embark the International Mother Language Day. He tweeted in languages such as Gujarati, Kashmiri, Tamil, Punjabi, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Telugu, Konkani, Manipuri, Dogri, Sanskrit, Maithili, Santhali, Sanskrit, and Assamese.
In his tweets, he mentioned that the mother languages connect us with our rich and varied heritage. Further, this linguistic diversity defines our social-cultural identity.