Parents demanding English as the medium of instruction at primary school level, have come together under the banner of Forum for Rights of Children’s Education (FRCE) and called for a rally at Panjim on Monday afternoon.
FRCE spokesperson Savio Lopes revealed that the nascent organization has succeeded in collecting over 51 thousand signatures demanding English as a medium of instruction at primary school and further pointed out that these signatures were collected within 24 hours.
Even though there are a number of primary schools in Goa having English as the medium of instruction, the state government provides grants only to those schools imparting education in local languages primarily Marathi and Konkani and in some places even in Kannada and Urdu.
The issue of medium of instruction has flared up due to the Right To Education Act of the Central government which has to be ratified by the State government wherein medium of instruction up to the VII standard is proposed to be in the official language of the State.
However, Savio Lopes pointed out that this provision of medium of instruction has an addition stating “as far as possible”.
Parents while demanding English as the medium of instruction, have suggested that the local language be made a compulsory subject so that children study the local language too.
Education Minister Babush Monserrate had assured the house that the government will come out with a policy decision on this issue during the ongoing assembly session scheduled to end this week, after consulting all the stake holder.
The main reason for demanding English as the medium of instruction is to broaden the opportunities for higher education and employment for students.