The RSS and BJP reportedly have a difference of opinion over the granting of funds to English-medium primary schools in Goa.According to a report by The Times of India, the heart of the conflict is whether English should be promoted instead of Konkani and Marathi as the medium of education. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar decided to grant funds to English-medium primary schools, a move which has been backed by the BJP central leadership. The 129 state English medium schools which were earlier under the Church and later converted to government schools will receive the grant, but no new English medium schools will be benefited from this scheme.
ALSO READ For the love of Konkani: Preserving Goa’s official languageBJP’s decision to back Parsekar is rooted in pragmatic policy rather than ideological divergence with RSS. There are around 29,000 students in the 129 schools. Their future can be in jeopardy if the government decides to withdraw funds and can spark a massive political controversy. Hence, the party has decided to back the government. The RSS has maintained its stand that primary education should be imparted in the mother tongue. This decision to continue to grant funds to these schools was originally taken by former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. He had justified the decision saying, “We reiterate our stand that the mother-tongue will be the medium of instruction. Our stand will not change. But if I discontinue grants to the schools, we will have teachers from those schools who will be in surplus.”That decision has now been taken forward by Parsekar with the backing of the central BJP leaders.
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