In a latest move, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has decided to initiate teaching of QWERTY as the first letters in nursery class, as opposed to ABCDE. Recognizing the importance of change, CBSE chief Anita Karwal has said that the curriculum should be updated with time.
This decision has drawn mixed reactions from different quarters. While parents who tweet, use FB (Facebook), or extensively use the Internet, appreciated the move, the ones who spoke to us said the Indian society is moving backward as this will have a knock-on effect on children’s learning.
Akash Bhargava, a concerned parent, says, “This decision will encourage the kids to pick the phones early and the exposure will increase manifold. This is beyond aping the West.” Echoes Sunil Pandya, parent of a 3 year old, “Parents will have to themselves learn before they teach their kids. Why can’t we follow what we have been for eons? When the time was right, we did learn to use the phone and the Internet successfully.”
However, some parents-cum-social networking site addicts seem pleased with the big replacement. Some messages posted online:
Kanika Kaur, a to-be parent: Good news + Good news by CBSE! The kids will learn to grasp things better and it might as well begin with the phone when we know they have to use it sooner than later. Anyway, they should recognize the letters – does the order make a difference?
Latika Mehra, parent of a 12 year old: I wish this was done when my kid was in nursery. It wouldn’t have been difficult sending her to tuitions when she was five. New parents should definitely celebrate this – Cheers!
Shekhar Sharma, father of nursery student: The schools should come up with new rhymes. ABCDE… is passe! Besides, when mother and father sit with a phone, the kid feels left out. This will encourage the kid to join the group.
The other countries might take a cue from this step and introduce the new alphabet in their schools. The Indian curriculum is finally setting a benchmark for the others.