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assam news: Assam medium of education row: ABVP has right to oppose govt’s decision, says CM

With Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) opposing the Assam government’s decision to make the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English medium from Class III to Class X in all Assam government schools, Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the student body is in order to oppose the government decision and ABVP has no relationship with the BJP, and they could ask people not to vote for him if they wish.

ABVP opposed the move of the government of Assam to make the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English from Class III to Class X in all Assam government schools.

The move is opposed by All Assam Student Union (AASU) and Assam Sahitya Sabha. In a statement, ABVP said it condemned the government’s decision against the mother tongue. “The decision to teach English as a medium is a violation of national education policy. According to the National Education Policy, the language of instruction from primary to higher education should be in the regional language.”

The student group added: “Teaching science and mathematics in English will pose a threat to the Assamese.” ABVP demanded a reversal of the government’s decision.

Sarma said: “There is a belief that the ABVP is a BJP of the student wing and how ABVP is opposing us has made it clear that it is not related in any way. They can protest as much as they want peacefully, but I can’t do anything, they can also ask people not to vote for me if they want to.”

Recently, Sarma said those opposing the move will have to make an affidavit that their children will not attend English secondary school.

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Responding to the opposition of the All Assam Students Union and the Asom Sahitya Sabha, he said: “We have children of those who are against them studying in English secondary schools, but they don’t want others to study. Have them make an affidavit that their children will not study in English medium school.”

He asked these organizations not to play with the feelings of ordinary people for their personal motives.

The Assam cabinet had agreed that both subjects would now be taught in English in all government schools from grades 3 to 12, instead of the current practice of teaching them in Assamese, Bodo or Bengali.

Regional party Raijor Dal said the move will diminish the relevance of the state’s Assamese and other vernacular languages.

AASU’s chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya said it is not against English, but that the organization is in favor of teaching through the organic system. “We are strongly opposed to the decisions of the government. We demand that they reconsider and withdraw them immediately.

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