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NBMSU hammers Education Minister on academic issues

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Silchar, January 2: Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students’ Union (NBMSU), Bishnupriya Manipuri Ganasangram Parishad (BMGP) and Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Women’s Organization (NBMWO), in a joint memorandum to the education minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, submitted through the deputy commissioner of Cachar, today have raised certain specific demands related to the academic needs of students of the community and pressed for their immediate redressal, considering their scholastic interests. Bishnupriya Manipuri language was introduced at the primary stage of education in 1999, but till now, books for upper primary, M E sections, have not been prepared. Since the introduction of the language, it should have been introduced at the M E school level also. Unfortunately, no steps have been taken by the government in this regard. Further, all languages are included as Modern Indian Language (MIL) in the SEBA syllabus, but Bishnupriya Manipuri language has been left out. This has deprived the students of this linguistic minority community of their legitimate and fundamental right of receiving education in their own language. This is in violation of the constitutional provisions also, besides against the democratic spirit of the country.

In respect of the teachers for the subject, the memorandum signed by Subal Sinha, chairman, Samir Sinha, principal secretary, BMGSP, Jyosthna Rajkumari, general secretary, Rita Sinha, chairperson, NBMWO, Govinda Rajkumar, working president, and Dipu Sinha, NBMSU, points out that the services of 149 language lower primary teachers were regularized, but their salaries have not been paid till date. Since class V has been included in the primary level, additional posts of teachers for lower primary schools are required for teaching the language. And as the Bishnupriya Manipuri language has to be taught in upper primary or M E schools, additional 100 posts for the same have to be created. The memorandum therefore presses for preparation of text books for M E school level, inclusion of Bishnupriya Manipuri language as MIL in SEBA syllabus, release of salaries of 149 language teachers as specified earlier, creation of 200 posts of LP and 100 posts of M E teachers for Bishnupriya Manipuri language teaching diploma holders in Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Kamrup districts.

The demand has also been placed for holding a discussion on the academic issues raised and a date has to be fixed within 15 days, failing which the Bishnupriya Manipuri bodies will be left with no option than to go for agitation course of action.

Courtesy: Sentinel 

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