PWD Minister Churchill Alemao while reiterating his support to the demand for government grants to English medium primary schools, admitted to his mistake in changing the medium of instruction in 1991 when he was part of the Progressive Democratic Front government that made the change.
In 1991 the government decreed that grants would be given to only those primary schools that impart education in regional languages thereby forcing most schools including those managed by the Diocesan Board of Education to switch over to either Konkani or Marathi as the medium of instruction.
“For the last twenty years we have seen what has happened and I do admit that we made a mistake then which needs to be corrected now for the future of the children,” he said stressing the need for all sections of society to be able to choose the medium in which their children should study.
Without setting any deadline and without disclosing his actual plans, Churchill said they will prevail upon the government to provide grants to English medium primary schools and said that the MLAs supporting this demand will meet shortly.
“It is not yet notified!” he quipped when reminded that Education Minister Babush Monserrate had already announced the government’s policy on this matter.