Konkani Writer Adv. Uday Bhembre on Wednesday said that ‘experts’ and not ‘politicians’ should decide about the Medium of Instruction (MoI) issue in the state.
Bhembre pointed out that Right to Education (RtE) Act provides for an academic authority to decide upon education related matters. He said State Government should form a committee of the experts to address this issue. “The committee should comprise of experts in child psychology, pedagogy, etc,” he said and stated that the parents should go by the decision of the experts.
A delegation of Konkani Bhasha Mandal comprising of Adv. Uday Bhembre, Prashant Naik, Fr Jaime Couto, Fr Mousine Attaide, Naguesh Karmali, N Shivdas and Arvind Bhatikar Wednesday morning met All India Congress Committee General Secretary Gurmeet Singh Brar and urged to maintain status quo vis-à-vis medium of instruction (MoI) in the state.
Addressing media persons in Margao, KBM President Prashant Naik said Brar assured them that decision will be taken considering everybody’s views.
He also said that they met Education Minister Babush Monserratte who assured them that there will be no change in the MoI issue and further said he would constitute an academic authority to bring about reforms in the primary education system in the state.
Bhembre also warned that if the MoI at primary level is done in English, the children will diverge from their culture.
When asked about the increase in the number of private schools in English medium from two to 130 since 1990, Bhembre said parents prefer to send their children to these schools just for the sake of prestige issue and fashion. “For some, it is business and these businessmen have taken advantage of the situation.
Pointing out that those demanding grants for English medium schools cannot be called anti-national; he said in a democratic country, every person has a right to voice his opinion.
Refuting PWD Minister Churchill Alemao’s allegation that Bhembre is responsible for not taking Roman script into consideration, he said at that time, the government had not consulted them on this issue even though they were a part of the language agitation.
“The government had never discussed the ‘Official Language Bill’ with the ‘Konkani Projecho Awaz’”, he said and informed that he and Luizinho Faleiro were in the Opposition and received the copies of the Bill in the assembly.