Education Minister Babush Monserrate on Thursday announced that mother tongue will continue to be the medium of instruction at primary school level in Goa. However, he said that each school will be provided with an English teacher to enable the students to learn the language.
Pointing out that the pattern of elementary education in Goa is different from the rest of the country, he said the government had decided to maintain status quo whereby at the primary level, mother tongue will be the medium of instruction while in the middle or upper primary level, i.e from standard five to eight, it will be in English medium.
He also announced the constitution of a committee comprising of eminent educationists, representatives of school managements and parents to advice the government on primary education in the state with respect to the Right to Education Act.
Replying to a nearly 4-hour long debate on education, Babush Monserrate, taking cognizance of the demand for English to be recognized as a medium of instruction, announced that all primary schools will be provided with an English teacher to strengthen the base of the language amongst the students.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar while arguing that recognizing English as medium of instruction would not go well in the cultural and social context of Goa, cautioned that posterity will not pardon this decision and dismissed fears that children will face difficulties understanding English at a later stage.
Besides referring to the UNESCO recommendation that primary education should be in mother tongue, he also pointed out that except for the English speaking countries, no other country had primary education in English medium.