Secretary of Diocesan Society of Education (DSE) Fr. Zeferino D’Souza has predicted that most of the schools managed by his society will opt for English as a medium of instruction at primary level once the change is effected, however, hastened to add that the choice was to be made by the parents and not the management.
While referring to the government’s condition that the parents have to give in writing that they want English as a medium of instruction, he said he expected the parents of the students studying in most of their schools to give their choice in writing.
The DSE manages 126 schools in Goa which shifted to the regional language as a medium of instruction in 1992 after the then government made only those schools imparting education in regional language eligible for government grants. Incidentally there are 137 privately run Konkani medium primary schools in Goa of which a majority belong to the DSE.
However, Fr. D’Souza did not rule out the possibility of parents opting for status quo in some areas.