FORCE dares BBSM to close down Pvt Eng primary schools

GOANEWS DESK, MARGAO | 17 December 2015 20:26 IST

After not responding to their challenge to have an open debate, the FORCE has now challenged the BBSM to close down all the private English medium primary schools in Goa, if they are detrimental to the future of Goan children.

The Forum for the Right of Children’s Education (FORCE), at a public meeting attended by around 3000 parents at Lohia Maidan in Margao, also demanded that continuing grants to Church-run English medium primary schools be made a law in the winter Assembly session.

The dais had two chairs kept vacant for Uday Bhembre and Aravind Bhatikar, leaders of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), for an open debate they were invited for.

Bhatikar however had publicly declined the challenge of open debate on the issue of Medium of Instruction, stating that they would have open debate only with the concerned ministers and not laymen.

Premanand Naik, president of the FORCE, reminded Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as well as the alliance partners in the government about the public assurance they had given to pass in the January session the bill, which is pending before the Select Committee.

Pallavi Naik, another parent from Sankhli, also said that the choice of MoI should be vested in the student and the parent and not in the Government that rules.

“Having education in English right from primary level is the need of the hour”, said Naik.

 

BHEMBRE-BHATIKAR TARGETED

The main speech was however by FORCE leader Savio Lopes who attacked FORCE convenor Shashikala Kakodkar as well as Bhembre and Bhatikar.

“Were these people in coma when Goa was running 130 private English medium primary schools with 28,000 students much before the FORCE came into existence and the Church schools were run in Konkani medium”, asked Lopes.

He asked Bhatikar why his father started Model English High School and he continued it in English medium at primary level till recently if the universal law of studying in mother tongue existed for the last 65 years.

“If grandchildren of Uday Bhembre can have a choice of studying in English, then why is he not prepared to provide similar choice to the parents of the children, who cannot afford to pay the fees of private English medium primary schools”, asked Lopes.

According to the FORCE leader, English has united the multilingual India because of which all the governments are also run in English.

“India is second in the line after China among the prospering countries of the world and English is a necessity for our children to be part of this prosperity”, he felt.

Lopes also charged Bhembre and Bhatikar of dividing Goans on religious lines on MoI issue when FORCE comprises of parents belonging to all the religions.

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If Mr Bhatikar thinks that primary education in Konkani is the way forward, let me .give the lead by closing his school that follows English as the medium of intrusion at the primary level. If that is not possible he has to put his finger in his mouth and just keep quit. BBSM is losing its plot with dubious and communal leaders like him and Bhembre. This only shows that they don't have the masses with them.

- Victor Ferrao , Rachol | 18 th December 2015 00:10

 

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