Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has proposed teaching mathematics in Assamese in medium-sized government schools. Hindi and English will also be equally focused so that vernacular students can compete at the national and international levels, the CM added.
There is also a proposal for a hybrid model education system in Assam, the Chief Minister informed. Furthermore, the students at Gordon School of Nalbari will be taught in English along with Assamese. This will act as an experiment to check if both languages can be taught at the same time and how students can absorb it.
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Even states like Maharashtra and Goa will provide free online access to curricular educational content in Maharashtra and Goa government schools in the regional language. More than 10,000 students from grades 5 to 10 get free access to a web and mobile app platform to access online content in the local language.
Earlier, the Center had proposed making Hindi compulsory up to class 10. However, several students from the Northeast said this would lead to disharmony. The North East Students’ Organization (NESO), a conglomerate of eight student organizations, has said making Hindi compulsory up to grade 10 in the region will be a compulsory subject for indigenous languages and cause disharmony. It could be kept as an optional topic.
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In a letter to the Union’s Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah, NESO said Hindi is known to account for about 40-43 percent of native speakers in India. But there is an abundance of other native languages in the country, which are rich, thriving and vibrant in their own perspectives, giving India a picture of a diverse and multilingual nation, the organization said.
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