Assam assembly sees ruckus over English language row
Guwahati: The Assam Assembly on Monday witnessed noisy scenes during a discussion on the introduction of English as the medium of instruction for mathematics and science from class three in vernacular medium government schools. The matter was raised in the House by the Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia and his deputy Rakibul Hussain who said that the decision to teach the two subjects in English from class three will negatively impact the students. Saikia claimed that the decision was contradictory to the new National Education Policy (NEP), which emphasised the mother tongue as a medium of instruction for young children. He also claimed that the government is trying to hide its own lack of infrastructure through such decisions Hussain maintained that the government expenditure in the education sector is increasing but enrollment of students in government schools is going down. Aminul Islam of AIUDF questioned the availability of qualified teachers for implementing the government decision. Independent MLA Akhil Gogoi raised questions on the availability of infrastructure, qualified teachers and other issues. When Deputy Speaker Numal Momin, who was in the chair, asked Gogoi to conclude his speech at the end of the stipulated five minutes, the legislator demanded additional time and stormed into the well of the House. Momin then ordered the suspension of Gogoi for five minutes and asked the marshals to evict him from the house. Noisy scenes broke out in the House during Education Minister Ranoj Pegu’s reply when he mentioned that the decision on English as a medium of instruction was in line with the NEP which focuses on “multilingualism”.