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Controversy over non-inclusion of Tamil in Gandhi Jayanti puzzle competition

On Gandhi’s birthday on October 2, the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) announced the launch of a quiz competition for school children. The Government of Tamil Nadu had sent a report to all the District Primary Education Officers as a circular had been sent to the State Governments.

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There have been protests on social media that Tamil has been ignored as it has been mentioned in the circular that puzzle competitions will be held in English and Hindi. Educators are also commenting on how Tamil-medium students can participate in this competition.

The circular said that all school principals should be instructed to encourage school children to participate in the “online” quiz competition on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The competition runs from 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 to 12 p.m. on Nov. 1. Students from grades 3 through 12 can attend.

The language of the competition is English and Hindi. The puzzle competition is on the biography of Gandhi, Gandhiji’s public works and Gandhiji’s ideas related to life. https://diksha.gov.in/, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?idicom.discovergandhi.kholkhe.

The same information has been published in a circular sent in English to CBSE schools. All the questions are said to be in English and Hindi. The quiz competition on MyGov.in website features questions in English and Hindi.

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Puzzle competitions for school students are conducted in English and Hindi only. Apart from Tamil, there are no state languages present in it. Protests and opposition have erupted over the absence of state languages.

 

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