PANAJI: In a statement which will ruffle many feathers and have Congress leaders in Goa and the rest of India squirm in discomfort, former union Minister and five-time Lok Sabha MP, Eduardo Faleiro said church-run primary schools should stop teaching in English, reports the Times of India.
Faleiro said that schools affiliated to the Diocesan Society of Education should instead teach children in Konkani and Marathi.
Faleiro contended that while Konkani is the mother tongue of the people of Goa, Marathi is and has been the literary language of a large segment of the Goan population, says the TOI report.
“The Diocesan Society of Education should ensure that its primary schools teach through Konkani and Marathi and stop teaching through the English medium,” Faleiro said.
“Konkani should be taught in the Devnagri script as it will provide access to Marathi and to Hindi which is the national language.” Catholics make up about 30 per cent of Goa’s population and are in favor of the Romi script for Konkani.
The medium of instruction policy has been a touchy subject in Goa with many parents and schools demanding that the state government should continue grant-in-aid for primary schools that teach in English.