Angela Merkel raises German language issue with Narendra Modi

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Brisbane | Updated: November 17, 2014 4:10:14 AM

The ministry of human resource had last week decided to discontinue German as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

German chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday raised the issue of German language teaching in Indian schools in her bilateral meeting with PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Brisbane. The ministry of human resource had last week decided to discontinue German as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

According to a spokesperson from the external affairs ministry, Modi assured her his government would work out how it can be best done in the confines of the Indian system. “I myself am a votary of young Indian children learning other languages,” Modi is learnt to have told Merkel.

The spokesperson said the German chancellor was keen that Modi decide the best way forward to resolve the issue. When asked if the PM had spoken to HRD minister Smriti Irani on the issue following his meeting with Merkel, the spokesperson said he was aware of the situation and the circumstances following which the decision was taken.

“The decision was in accordance with judicial pronouncements on the issue of third language being one other than an Indian language,” the spokesperson said.

There are other mechanisms to learn foreign languages. These can be otherwise learnt by children in schools, the spokesperson said.

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