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Monday, August 1, 2016

No proposal to change MoI, Parsekar tells Assembly

Says demands of FORCE and BBSM are being examined; efforts being made to promote education in regional languages

PANJIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday told the State Legislative Assembly that there is no proposal before the government to change the medium of instruction (MoI) policy at the primary level.

“There is no such proposal presently under consideration of the government,” Parsekar said replying to a question on whether there will be any change in the government’s MoI policy. The question was tabled by Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane, who sought details of the government decision on MoI taken by the cabinet.
The Chief Minister said that the cabinet on June 6, 2012 decided that the minority institutions which were imparting primary education in Konkani or Marathi prior to June 2011 and subsequently shifted to English as an MoI will continue to get grants to ensure that students do not suffer.
He added that to promote primary education in the regional languages, the government will provide support, including financial grants, to increase the number of such schools in the State.
In another question tabled by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Parsekar said the government has received representations from FORCE (the pro-English MoI group) and BBSM (anti-English group) with their respective demands. “The matter is presently under examination,” he said.
The Chief Minister said BBSM has demanded discontinuation of grants to English medium primary schools owned and managed by the Diocesan Society of Education and Archdiocesan Board of Education, while FORCE has asked that the cabinet decision on MoI be converted into legislation.
Parsekar informed the House that in a bid to encourage primary education in Marathi or Konkani, the government has introduced a scheme to provide special grants of Rs 400 per student per month to aided primary schools.

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