Assam assembly sees ruckus over English language row | Guwahati News


GUWAHATI: Assam legislative assembly witnessed noisy scenes and suspension of an Independent MLA during a discussion on introduction of English as the medium of instruction for mathematics and science from class three in government schools on the last day of autumn session on Monday.
Raising the matter, leader of opposition Debabrata Saikia said that the government’s decision to teach the two subjects in English will have a negative impact on the students.
The ruckus started after education minister Ranoj Pegu in his reply said that the decision on English as medium of instruction was in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP), which focuses on ‘multilingualism’.
Saikia said this decision of the government was contradictory to the new National Education Policy (NEP), which emphasised on the mother tongue as medium of instruction for young children.
AIUDF legislator Aminul Islam questioned the availability of qualified teachers for implementing the government decision.
Independent MLA Akhil Gogoi, who protested from the well of the house for not being given time to speak on the issue was suspended from the house for five minutes by deputy speaker Numal Momin, who was in the chair then. The legislator was seen being taken out of the house by marshals.
Gogoi continued with his protest against the government decision after returning to the House at the end of his five minutes of suspension and once again stormed to the well and later staged a walk out as a mark of protest.
CPI(M) also protested saying that the NEP mandated English as medium of instruction from class eight and not from class three.





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