Group of Secretaries recommendation: One govt English-medium school per block, HRD Ministry advises states


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Union List, State List and Concurrent List

Mains level: Education is an important part of UPSC syllabus. Any reform related to it, is important.


Advice from the HRD Ministry

  1. The HRD Ministry has advised all states and Union territories to have at least one government-run English-medium school in each block
  2. There are a total of 6,612 blocks in the country.
  3. Why Advice and not order: Because establishment of schools is a matter of state policy

Other advice from ministry

  1.  Ministry also suggests English should be taught as a compulsory subject from Class VI

Why this decision?

  1. The number of students enrolling in Englishmedium schools has doubled from 1.5 crore in 2008-09 to 2.9 crore in 2013-14
  2. As a consequence, more states have started offering the option of English as a medium of instruction in government schools