Against the government's decision to teach math and science in English in vernacular schools, an Ass
The MLA was sitting on a pavement next to a statue of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar outside the Assam Secretariat complex with three other party members, including working president of the Raijor Dal Bhasco De Saikia.
Akhil Gogoi, the leader of the Raijor Dal, conducted a sit-in protest on Wednesday, asking that the state government reverse its decision to start teaching science and math in English in local public schools starting in third grade. The MLA was sitting on a pavement next to a statue of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar outside the Assam Secretariat complex with three other party members, including working president of the Raijor Dal Bhasco De Saikia.
The future of Assamese society is directly impacted by the decisions to teach in English in vernacular schools and refrain from provincializing any schools in the future, Gogoi told reporters. He encouraged the state government to organise a convention inviting all interested parties to examine the problem and suggested that a special session of the Assam Assembly be called to address these concerns.
If our demand is not honoured, there will be protests all over the state. The National Education Policy, which emphasises the spread of regional languages, is something we want the state administration to adhere to, the MLA said. He also cited a recent claim made by the state's minister of health, Keshab Mahanta, that books for medical courses are being written in Assamese for the students' benefit.
How does this government operate? It is preparing to offer medical and engineering courses in Assamese on the one hand, while also shifting its focus to teaching mathematics and science to school kids in English, according to Gogoi. Other opposition political groups have previously criticised the cabinet choices, particularly the use of English as the language of teaching, including the Congress and Assam Jatiya Parishad.
The chief minister's cabinet made the decision on July 28 to start teaching math and science in English starting with the upcoming school year in all government-run and provincialized Assamese and other vernacular medium schools. Provincialization of schools and colleges will be stopped, according to the BJP-led Assam administration, which also announced plans to transfer some high schools currently administered by the state board to the CBSE.
In order to pay teacher salaries and other benefits, a non-government school that was founded with the sole intention of educating society must be "provincialized," which entails taking on all of its debts. Leading literary and student organisations in Assam asked that the state government reverse its choices as soon as possible on Monday.
The All Assam Students' Union (AASU), All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU), Asam Sahitya Sabha (ASS), and Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) leadership made the decision to submit a joint memorandum to the chief minister with their demand for the decisions to be revoked. The four groups also voiced their objection to the state board schools being converted to CBSE, ending the provincialization of educational institutions, and implementing dual-language instruction in government schools. Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS), another student organisation, also voiced its disagreement with the government's choices.