Benaulim MLA and former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco has sought one-hour time from the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday for discussing the crucial issue of `medium of instruction’ which has left the parents in a state of worry.
The Right to Education (RtE) states that the primary education in the state will be compulsorily through Konkani and Marathi, which has been opposed by several parents and educational institutions.
Pacheco, in his letter to the speaker has pointed out that the Archdiocesan Board of Education has given him a memorandum which is signed by 18 educational societies, representing 117 schools and signed by 51,372 parents.
The parents are demanding that uniform pattern of studies should be followed at the elementary level so that their children are saved from the mental trauma due to change in the scheme of subject under the RtE.
The worried parents demanded that English should be allowed as one of the languages to be used as medium of instruction at the elementary level as it is already being used in some of the classes.
Pacheco, in his letter, stated that performance of the students will improve if English is kept as the medium of instruction. Quoting the opinion of parents, he has said that the dropout rate will also come down.
“Language proficiency will be an asset in the present global scenario,” he said adding that proficiency in English is widely perceived as an important avenue for employment and upward mobility, which greatly facilitates the pursuit of higher education.
Pacheco also requested that the state government should reflect these demands in the rules to be framed under the RtE act in the state so that they can be implemented in the academic year 2011-2012.