Chief Minister Digambar Kamat asserted that the State government will not implement the Right to Education Act in Goa without taking into confidence all the stake holders.
The Act passed by the Parliament has raised many queries and upset parents as there are sweeping changes sought to be made in the education system and syllabus.
The main bone of contention in Goa is the medium of instruction and whole day school.
The Act seeks to make it compulsory to have the mother tongue as the medium of instruction at the primary school level. In Goa this would mean either Konkani or Marathi and many parents are opposed to this as they would prefer the medium of instruction to be English.
In fact, there are a number of schools in Goa imparting education at the primary level in English medium. Even the Diocesan Education Society, which was the first to shift to Konkani medium, has now started a few schools in English medium. Although the Directorate of Education recognizes these English medium primary schools, they receive no grants from the government.
Various Parents Teachers Associations have vehemently opposed the provision to make mother tongue the medium of instruction and instead suggested that instruction be given in English with Konkani as a compulsory subject.
With regards to the proposal to have classes the whole day, most of the schools in Goa are ill-equipped to shift to this pattern as they either lack proper playground, recreational area and even sufficient classrooms. In fact, some schools use the same premises to conduct classes for the primary section for one part of the day and middle and high school section for the other part of the day.