Resolving the highly sensitive Medium of Instruction (MoI) issue, the government’s advisory panel has gathered views of parents, school managements and other stakeholders from Ponda, Pernem, Tiswadi, Bardez, Bicholim, Sattari and Valpoi, however reports have revealed that so far the panel has avoided visiting the tricky South Goa regions over the last two months.
Discussions in the taluka of Salcete and Mormugao are likely to be heated as the majority of the parents from these talukas favour English as the MoI at the primary school level and will interject on continuing the grants for such schools.
Bhaskar Nayak, director of higher education who is also heading the advisory committee, was expected to submit the report by the end of this month, however it has been suggested that they will seek to extend the deadline, said member secretary Nagraj Honnekeri.
In order to satisfy both factions on either side of the MoI debate – the Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) and the Forum for Rights of Children to Education (FORCE) – this move was decided. The government was criticized on being indecisive and instead opting to constitute the advisory panel at the fag end of the present term by both BBSM and FORCE.
Subhash Velingkar had said about the panel, “The committee will seek extension and then the code of conduct for the state assembly elections will be imposed and this will allow the government to plead helpless.”
So far the stakeholders of only the North Goa talukas have been approached. After the views of school management committees and parent teacher associations from all the talukas of North and South Goa will be accumulated, the committee will analyse the inputs, thereafter which it will submit its report to the state government.