The Assam Government has decided to introduce Tribal languages including Mishing, Rabha, Tiwa and Deori as a medium of instruction in schools of Assam from 1st to 5th standard.
Assam Government to introduce 4 tribal languages as medium of instruction:
Education Minister Ranoj Pegu on February 11, announced the initiative saying that the government has decided to introduce the four tribal languages as a medium of instruction at the lower primary school level to fulfill the demands of these communities.
While speaking to the media Pegu said, “We have decided to introduce the Mishing, Rabha, Tiwa and Deori languages as a medium of instruction from classes one to five. It was a demand from these communities to introduce these languages as a medium of instruction at lower primary school level.”
He added that the module will be multilingual. “While teaching Rabha language, textbooks will be prepared in such a way that students can simultaneously learn Assamese or English,” the Minister said.
The Minister also said that the government is trying to introduce these languages as a medium of instruction this year itself only, “though it is dependent on technical factors like the preparation of textbooks.”
Schools and teachers proficient in the aforementioned languages will be identified for the preparation of textbooks. Otherwise, these languages will be introduced in 2023,” he added.
Pegu on Twitter:
Pegu took this to his official Twitter handle where he wrote, “There will be an option to learn any tribal language in classes VI to VIII as an optional subject and from Class IX to XII as an elective subject. The Assam government will introduce Rabha, Mising, Tiwa and Deuri languages as a medium of instruction in LP Schools with a multi-language pedagogy to improve proficiency in Assamese and English language too.”
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