According to the understanding reached between the two countries, i.e., India and Germany today regarding the controversy that had erupted about a year ago, German will be taught in the Kendriya Vidayalaya School as an additional foreign language. While the young India will be taught German language in the schools, the modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany schools.
On the occasion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit, an MoU was signed between the two countries and under the understanding, a pact will be signed between the Kendriya Vidalaya and Max Mueller Bhavan to formalise the arrangement.
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told the reporters, “German will be taught as an additional foreign language”. He also said that while German will be taught in KVs, side by side modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany.
During a joint media interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Merkel said that, “We have a lot of scholars who are interested in that (learning Indian languages)”.
This marks an end to the controversy when KVs decided to stop teaching German as third language and replaced it with Sanskrit about a year ago.
Last year on October 27, the governing board of KV had in its meeting directed that teaching of German language as an option instead of Sanskrit be discontinued.
Now, the new understanding has led a very sharp and clear departure from the earlier agreement of 2011 between the two countries to offer German as a third language in the KVs.
The Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani has been maintaining her statement that teaching German was against the spirit of the three-language formula and violated the national education policy.
The decision taken by the Kendriya Vidalaya’s board had triggered an uproar and had threatened to derail between the two countries.
Last year in November, it was criticised by Merkel who raised the issue during her meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane.
Government has also made an announcement that from class VI to VIII will be taught German as an additional or hobby subject.