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Date: 4 Dec Suman Sachdeva | Story Source: Brookings ~ Go to Original Article

The current multilingual policy in India is insufficient for the acquisition of early grade reading skills by tribal girls.

Unable to overcome the social and pedagogical barriers of multilingual education, they are denied the right to an education that empowers them and builds their capacity to negotiate for their rights within their communities and in the larger world.

The problem with delivering effective multilingual education (MLE) for tribal students is that where tribal populations are substantial (more than 30 percent of the local population) and where there are more than three dialects, the current MLE approach is inadequate. It also does not have a strong enough focus on girls as it ignores their…