The Education Department has set 23rd June 2011 as the deadline for primary schools to decide upon the medium of instruction and parents have to submit their wishes in the prescribed performa to the concerned school before that.
According to the circular finally issued by the Education Department on the medium of instruction, while agreeing to grant salaries as aid to primary schools switching over to English as the medium of instruction, the department has said that a minimum 20 students will be required to start a new division in English.
The circular also mandates the school to ensure that either Konkani or Marathi is made a compulsory language from Std. I to Std. X beginning from the current academic year.
For schools that do not wish to change the medium of instruction, the existing system will remain in force.
The circular also clarifies that government schools are also open to changing the medium of instruction depending upon the wishes of the parents.
While the circular states that it is issued to convey the State Cabinet decision on the medium of instruction, issues of additional divisions, languages like French and Portuguese will be decided only after the feedback from parents is received.
For private schools wishing to switch over to English medium beside having the necessary infrastructure and adopting Konkani or Marathi as a compulsory subject, no fees is as additional condition imposed.