New Delhi, Jan 27: In a bizarre proposal submitted to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led union government, the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh has recommended that schools in big cities work for longer hours to make the working parents by keeping their children away.
The proposal prepared by Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shikshan Sansthan, the education wing of the RSS and submitted to the Human and Resource Development Ministry, also points out that co-education will have to be discontinued if working hours of schools are extended.
The proposal has also emphasised that the new policy should stress on “Indianization of Education” including learning Sanskrit from middle school level so that they do not need “the assistance of foreign words”.
The right wing outfit has now suggested that schools in metropolises work 12 hours a day (7.30 AM – 7.30 PM) to enable children learn more languages, apart from relieving “their (working) parents from the task of making children do homework… or (the) need for (sending) them to tuitions,” according to a report.
The RSS and other saffron outfits, collectively called the Sangh Parivar, have grown more vocal about policy matters after the Narendra Modi-led BJP government came to power at the Centre in May 2014. The ruling party and its ideological partners have been accused by the opposition of trying to “saffronze” the education system in the name of “Indianization”
Earlier in the month, Vidya Bharati said it wanted to set up a model school in every block in the country. Formed in 1977, Vidya Bharati now runs 12,364 schools and 49 colleges across the country.
It also reasoned that learning Sanskrit will help improve the children’s pronunciation and spelling skills.
“It’s easy for children to learn languages in childhood. That’s why they should be taught various languages — their mother tongue, Sanskrit, Hindi, English and regional languages,” said the proposal.
The RSS also argued that extending school hours would give students time to extra-curricular activities. The Hindutva group has also advocated improvements in teachers’ training by introducing a minimum 50%-mark threshold for all aspirants who will then be selected through an entrance exam.