Foreign languages such as German and French may not be part of the trilingual formula in schools from the next academic session.
The Union Human Resources Development Department has reportedly informed the Central Board of Secondary Education that students wishing to learn a foreign language should opt for it as their fourth or fifth language.
“Languages which are listed in the eighth schedule of the Constitution should be taught on a trilingual basis, while ‘purely foreign’ languages should be taught as a ‘fourth language’ as an optional subject,” a source said.
“Consultations are ongoing with the CBSE and the changes will likely be implemented from the next academic term.”
As part of the national education policy, the trilingual formula means that students in Hindi-speaking states must learn a modern Indian language, apart from Hindi and English, and in other states, l Hindi, the regional language and English.
A majority of the 18,000 affiliated institutions offer native or Hindi, English and a foreign language such as German and Mandarin up to grade 8.
Last December, the CBSE sent the draft trilingual formula for secondary education to the HRD ministry.
The proposal has two major differences with the existing trilingual formula of the CBSE which applies up to class 8.
First, it extends the curriculum to class 10, and 2, it removes foreign languages as an option for students.
Under the new plan, a student would have to learn three Indian languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, one of which could be English.