Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Wednesday announced that English medium primary schools will be eligible for government grants along with Konkani and Marathi medium schools and added that these English medium schools will have to have either Konkani or Marathi as a compulsory subject right up to Std. X
Briefing media persons after the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday to discuss this contentious issue, he said even the poor parents will not be able to teach their children in English medium. He admitted to having received a memorandum signed by 52,000 parents demanding that English be recognized as a medium of instruction.
He said the government will permit presently aided primary schools to switch over to English medium provided they have the requisite student strength and also only if the parents give it in writing that they want English to be the medium of instruction.
As for the unaided English medium schools, the Chief Minister said they too will be eligible for government grants now provided they have the proper infrastructure and have a regional language as a compulsory subject right up to the X Class.
He also disclosed that a monitoring committee headed by Education Secretary V P Rao has been constituted to ensure that the schools adhere to all the norms and conditions laid down for getting the grants.