Ranchi: The state education department has introduced a new system of learning titled ‘Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE)’ program as a pilot project for select primary students of Class I to V studying in government schools.
The students will learn in their local languages, including Ho, Santhali, Kurukh, Mundari and Khariya.
The Jharkhand Education Project Council developed the program to assist primary-level students, who are more familiar with their local languages and have limited knowledge of other languages, including Hindi.
Under the pilot project, 250 schools are selected in West Singhbhum, SahibganjLohardaga, Khunti, Simdega, and Gumla districts, in which the pupils will learn with the aid of study materials created in five languages according to the primary language of that district.
In West Singhbhum, the students will learn in Ho and Hindi; in Sahibganj, Santhali and Hindi; in Lohardaga, Kurukh; in Khunti, Mundari and in Gumla and Simdega, Khariya has been chosen.
“In our state, the language taught in the schools and the local language of the majority of the kids are not the same. Therefore, if they are taught in their local languages along with Hindi and English, it will help them learn better. To facilitate this process, we have developed the MTBMLE course in which both students and teachers will be provided study materials in their native languages along with Hindi,” said Kiran Pasithe director of the council.
The council has also developed the study materials for the teachers as all the teachers are not familiar with tribal languages, Pasi added.
“At the elementary level, the students are less experienced with Hindi and English and hesitant to raise questions if they do not understand what has been taught. We have experienced troubles while teaching because they are not familiar with the language taught in school. The course in tribal languages will facilitate the pupils’ learning and growth by creating a home-like environment for them,” said Bhagwan Chandra Dixit, a teacher with the government middle school at Tilsiri in Gumla.