While Punjab government is all set to introduce English language from Class I, students are losing interest in Punjabi language, mother language, in the state.The startling fact has come to light with the Punjab School of Education Board (PSEB) declaring the result of Class XII on Saturday. As per the results, 5631 students either failed in Punjabi subject or were placed under compartment in the Class XII examination conducted by the Board in 2017. This is not for the first time when students have failed in Punjabi language paper in the board exams. In last five years, the students have performed poorly in the Punjabi subject.This is the fifth consecutive year, when the number of students, who failed in Punjab, has gone much higher. In 2012-13, the highest number of students who failed in Punjabi was 11,002.
This is despite the fact that the government has set up a language department to promote Punjabi in the state.
Balbir Singh, chairman of the PSEB, has expressed his serious concern towards the trend, owing it to student’s preference for CBSE- affiliated schools. He claimed that the Board officials have been making the best possible efforts to promote Punjabi besides motivating students to take the language seriously.The board has also been organising different workshops and events from time to time for the purpose, he claimed. Educationists, however, claimed that the government has failed to promote Punjabi at school level as in a majority government-run schools, posts of Punjabi teachers are lying vacant for a long times. The government has not filled the posts since long.Moreover, the parents are very much serious about the studies of their children and want them to compete at the national and international levels and for that, they feel, knowing English was most important, claims Sanjeev Sharma, an educationist.
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