The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today accused the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of spreading rumours that the Punjabi language was being discontinued in government-run schools of Delhi.
Party MP Bhagwant Mann said no change had been made in this regard for the current academic session, adding that the reports were baseless.
He said all schools under the Directorate of Education were affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education and they followed its scheme of Studies and Examination Bylaws. “Under this scheme, students of Class IX and X can opt for two languages during the 2016-17 academic year. The list of options includes Hindi, English, Punjabi and about 25 other languages,” he added.
Mann stated that besides the two compulsory languages, students could opt for a third language as an optional subject.