Konkani, Marathi to be MOI for elementary education in Goa

Goa government has decided to continue Konkani and Marathi as Medium of Instruction (MOI) for elementary education in the state, refusing the plea by section of parents to include English as MOI.

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2011, 10:09 AM IST

Panaji: Goa government has decided to continue
Konkani and Marathi as Medium of Instruction (MOI) for elementary education in the state, refusing the plea by section of parents to include English as MOI.

"The government has decided to retain the existing system
with primary standard from first to fourth in mother tongue
and upper primary with standard fifth to seventh in English,"
State Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate told State
Legislative Assembly yesterday.

Further, the minister also announced recruitment of
English teacher in each primary school in the state to strengthen the base knowledge of English.
Goa had witnessed controversy with a section of parents
demanding including of English as MOI during framing of rules
for Right to Education (RTE).

There was another section comprising educationists,
parents and intellectuals, who maintained that MOI should be
in mother tongue.
The minister on Thursday also announced that the
government will constitute a high power state Advisory Council
to guide the government on RTE Act.

Monserrate said that the state government is in the
process of formulating the rules for RTE, keeping Goa in
context.

PTI