December 27, 2006
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Published By Tashi

Education Policy: Tibetan students to learn Chinese

Thursday, 28 December 2006, 11:15 a.m

A file photo of Kalon Thupten Lungrig

Dharamshala: Students of some 80 Tibetan schools across India and Nepal may also learn Chinese under a three-language policy, the Kalon for Education Department, Thupten Lungrig, said at a youth leadership workshop.

Kalon Thupten Lungrig was addressing over 70 students on Tuesday, 26 December, at a workshop organised jointly by the New Delhi-based Tibetan Parliamentary Policy Research Centre and the International Campaign for Tibet based in Europe.

Speaking on the Basic Education Policy for Tibetans in Exile (BEP), Mr Lungrig further said that expertise in the Chinese language is imperative for the Tibetan students as Tibet inches towards a shared future with China.

Formulated by the last Kashag, the BEP was adopted by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile in September 2004.

The crux of this Policy is that the traditional Tibetan values and culture must be resilient enough to withstand the growing degeneration in the face of foreign cultural onslaught, Kalon Lungrig further added.

The Policy entails adoption of a “three-language policy”.

“Besides the primary mother tongue language, a student should be fully proficient in any one foreign language, and acquired a working knowledge of reading and writing in a third language after graduating from Class X.

“From the pre-primary level and up to class III, no other language besides Tibetan shall be taught.

“The teaching of second and third languages shall be started from class four and class six respectively.”

After the inception of Mevon Tsugla Peton School, a model school which will make full implementation of the BEP, some 15 other schools of the Sambhota Tibetan Schools Administration, an autonomous body funded by the Education Department, has already introduced this policy at pre-primary and primary stages.

The Policy envisages an education system where “evaluation by means of a two-hour or three-hour examination shall be discarded.”

“Promotion of students to the higher class up to Class VIII shall be done…with the collective decision of concerned teachers through an overall assessment of a student’s regular conduct, level of understanding, practical skill and classroom participation.

“However, for the time being and until further review, the system of written examinations may continue with a fifty percent share of the overall evaluation.”

Besides, under the BEP, students who have failed admission to the secondary school after class Class X can pursue a two-year vocational training course, after or during which they can also continue higher study (Class XI and XII) through self-study.

“Necessary provisions for such modes of learning shall be made.”

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