Don’t underestimate the value of language familiarity

Behar, Anurag (2022) Don’t underestimate the value of language familiarity. Mint. pp. 1-2.

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On 20 October 2022, the National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage (NCFFS) was launched by the Indian ministry of education. My last column was an overview of the NCF-FS. In this piece, I will describe the approach the NCF-FS takes to the learning of reading and writing; what is often called basic or foundational literacy. Many considerations had to be kept in mind while designing this approach—from how children learn languages to the importance of their socio-cultural context, the linguistic diversity of India even within a classroom, and other practical realties. This matter is of utmost importance because we know that India has an ongoing crisis of basic literacy, which has been exacerbated by the 2-year long shutdown of schools because of the covid pandemic.

Item Type: Newspaper Article
Authors: Behar, Anurag
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Uncontrolled Keywords: National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage, National Education Policy, Foundational Education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Social sciences > Education > Public policy issues in education
Divisions: Azim Premji University
Full Text Status: Public
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