Education in English or Native Language?

In a nation of more than 25 languages and as many as 1300 dialects, a teacher asks Sadhguru, should we educate our children in English or in native languages? Though learning English is a must in today’s world, in our eagerness to get a job, Sadhguru says, we should not kill these languages that have been present for thousands of years.


In a nation of more than 25 languages and as many as 1300 dialects, a teacher asks Sadhguru, should we educate our children in English or in native languages? Though learning English is a must in today’s world, in our eagerness to get a job, Sadhguru says, we should not kill these languages that have been present for thousands of years.



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  • Aparna A

    Namaste Sadhguru, we could have some or all subjects taught bilingually. At least in primary school level, say for 3, 4 and 5 grades. Especially in rural areas. There could be recorded audio support for good pronunciation perhaps in the form of an educational app. This will ensure that the teacher picks up the right pronunciation. Bilingual texts could encourage participation of the family, where the elders know only the local language.

    Recently, in Bangalore, five government schools were closed for want of student strength. All parents wanting to send their wards to ‘English medium schools’ however bad they may be. Perhaps this could be avoided if government schools were to go bilingual.