Assam Govt to introduce Tribal languages as medium of instruction

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Assam Govt will introduce Rabha, Mising, Tiwa and Deuri languages as medium of instruction in LP schools with a multi-language pedalogy to improve proficiency in Assamese and English language too. Minister Ranoj Pegu held a meeting with eight sahitya sabhas of Boro, Mising, Rabha, Tiwa, Deuri, Karbi, Garo and Dimasa linguistic groups.

There will be option to learn any tribal language in classes VI to VIII as an optional subject and from Class IX to XIIas an elective subject. The meeting endorsed a strategy document on Primary Education in Mother Tongue with multi-language pedalogy.

Last year on December 11, the ‘All Rabha Sahitya Sabha’ (Bebak Rabha Kraurang Runchum) has urged the government to introduce the Rabha, Mising, Tiwa, Deuri, and Karbi languages as the mediums of instruction at the primary-school stage. The Sahitya Sabha demanded, “The authorities must implement this before the commencement of the next academic session (2022-2023).
Informing this to the media, Rajkumar Rabha who is the general secretary of the Sahitya Sabha pointed out, “Notably, the Government of West Bengal has already introduced the Rajbongsi language at the primary-school level. The notification in this regard is on December 2021. If the Bengal government can take such a laudable step, what is stopping the Assam government? “Though belatedly, the Government of Assam can still introduce Rabha, Mising, Tiwa, Deuri, and Karbi as the mediums of instruction at the primary-school stage in Assam.”
Rabha further demanded, “There must be a separate policy for recruitment of tribal-language teachers. Moreover, there must be a special TET (Teachers Eligibility Test) to recruit Rabha-language teachers. The president of the Sahitya Sabha posed, “We are disappointed as to why not even a single litterateur of the Rabha community was selected for the recently announced ‘Literary Pension’.

“This is even though many litterateurs of our community are also contributing in the Assamese language. A few prominent Rabha litterateurs had applied for the position as per rules. But none figured in the list of the selected literary pensioners. A few of them are Amarsingha Koch, Prakash Rabha, Charu Mohan Rabha, and Duryodhan Rabha.

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