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‘The Government is in the process of framing rules to implement RTE Act'
Primary schools in Goa to get English teachers
PANAJI: Faced with a charged up atmosphere over the issue of medium of instruction at the primary school-level, the Goa Government on Thursday decided to maintain status quo on the policy of grants to aided primary schools with Konkani/Marathi as medium of instruction.
Minister for Education Atanasio Monserrate made a statement on this issue while replying to the debate on the budget demands of Education portfolio on Thursday in the State Legislative Assembly.
While the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party was united on the issue of continuation of the present policy, the ruling Coalition partners and Congress MLAs of the Congress-led Government were clearly divided on the issue.
Many MLAs of the Congress, including Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho made a plea that grants should be given to aided-English medium schools.
Referring to the demand from some sections of parents that English medium primary schools be given grants and to the opposition to this expressed by protagonists of regional languages who feared that would destroy the regional languages, Mr. Monserrate said that the Government was aware of the matter and had been studying its pros and cons.
However, it would be difficult to decide on this issue in the present charged up atmosphere.
Simultaneously, he announced the decision of the Government to formulate a high power advisory State council comprising educationists and representatives of school managements and parents to guide the Government on primary education vis-a-vis the right to Education (RTE) Act.
The Government was in the process of formulating rules for the implementation of RTE Act, Mr. Monserrate said. But he made it clear that for the time being the Goa Government would continue with the pattern of education structure with first to fourth standards in primary section instead of fifth standard as required by the RTE Act.
He also announced the decision of the Education Department to give English teachers to all primary schools to strengthen the knowledge of English subject when it was introduced from third standard.
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