The Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state, appear to have come closer for arriving at a mutually acceptable solution to the Medium of Instruction (MOI) tangle, with the BBSM offering all assistance to the government in this endeavour.
The BBSM is now ready to extend help to the government as regards improving the quality of Konkani and Marathi schools, and suggesting modalities to withdraw government grants to 100-odd English primary schools run by the Diocesan Society of Education.
BBSM co-ordinator Subhash Velingkar told ‘The Navhind Times’ Tuesday evening that although the BBSM will not budge from its demand about withdrawal of government grants to the English primary schools, it would any time help the government by coming out with related suggestions. “We can also advice the government on improving the status of the Konkani and Marathi schools in Goa,” he added.
It may be recalled that the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had recently stated that the BJP and the BBSM thought alike on the MOI issue, except on one point, which is grants to the English primary schools. He had also maintained that the BBSM has forwarded a MOI-related memorandum to the government, and that the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar would meet the BBSM leaders, soon.
Meanwhile, a press note released by Velingkar on Tuesday informed that the memorandum signed by the BBSM convenor Shashikala Kakodkar, which was recently presented to the Chief Minister, is actually a reminder memorandum – a copy of the memorandum presented to the Chief Minister in the past – and further stated that the government should take into consideration the intensity of the BBSM agitation, which has increased from June 18, and immediately meet the BBSM leaders so as to take up official talks with them, on the MOI issue.
The BBSM had earlier suggested that the shift in the medium of instruction of the 100-odd schools, from English to Konkani/ Marathi medium, should take place in a phase-wise manner that is during the first academic year, class I undergoing change in its medium of instruction, and so on, until the fourth year when the total transformation would take place.