Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain on Wednesday advocated introduction of Assamese language as a subject in all Kedriya Vidyalayas of the State.
“Assamese-speaking students studying in English medium schools like the KVs also need to learn their mother tongue, Assamese. Not only the Assamese-speaking but also the students from other language backgrounds, should come forward to lean Assamese,” Gohain said while addressing students and guardians of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mangaldai on Wednesday.
MoS for Railways Gohain said this during the inaugural ceremony of the new permanent building of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mangaldai.
“The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) should give respect to the long-standing demand of the parents and guardians of Assamese-speaking students for introduction of Assamese subject in the Kendriya Vidyalayas situated in the State and I think there is also provision in the KVS norms to introduce the same,” said Gohain, adding, “This will also create employment opportunity for local educated youths to be recruited as contractual teachers.”
Union Minister Gohain expressed grave concern over the growing lack of willingness to speak Assamese language by a section of students from English medium background of the State.
The Union Minister, however, appreciated the KVS for constructing the state-of-the-art new school building with an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore which would ensure a proper academic atmosphere in the school.
He appealed to all the students to build strong character with a patriotic feel in true sense.
Significantly, the MoS for Railway, who represents the Nagaon Lok Sabha constituency as an MP, refrained from making any political speech and confined his speech on academic topics only.
With a view to provide quality education with dedicated staff, he also asked the KVS to set up Kendriya Vidyalayas in every district of the State. In his speech, he suggested for opening up of double sections in every class.
Mangaldai legislator Guru Jyoti Das and Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman also addressed the inaugural function.
In his speech, legislator Das appealed to the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for opening up of the second Kendriya Vidyalaya in the district.
Earlier, the Joint Commissioner of KVS, S Vijaya Kumar, extended a hearty welcome to all the guests and the august audience while Deputy Commissioner of KVS, Chandrapida Neelap, offered a vote of thanks in the function which was anchored by senior teacher and singer Ruplekha Sarma.
The jubilant and enthusiastic students of KV, Mangaldai, added more colour to the inaugural function with their mind blowing performance of cultural programmes.
Meanwhile, a section of conscious guardians following the meeting submitted a memorandum to the senior officials of the KVS demanding introduction of Assamese subject in Class VI within the regular school routine from the current academic session onwards.