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Move to include Assamese language in Kendriya Vidyalayas

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GUWAHATI, May 13 - It�s time Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and all the MPs from Assam in Rajya Sabha raised their voice for inclusion of the Assamese language as a subject in the Kendriya Vidyalayas located in the State, said Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi here today. The Sabha also demanded withdrawal of the recent circular issued by the Joint Commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) regarding review of allocation of periods to physical and health education, work education and art education.

By the circular, the KVS has withdrawn the classes for teaching of an additional language which was earlier carved out from work education and art education subjects. As per the KVS circular, the schools will have to reserve one period per day for health and physical education for classes I to XII from the academic session 2019-20.

The circular further stated that if at least 15 or more students opt to study an additional language in a school, then teaching of the additional language may be taken up by the respective schools as per requirement beyond the school hours.

The Sabha had earlier dashed off a letter to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, stating that the new KVS notification has undermined the country�s Constitution in that �it deprives the students from their constitutional right to learn their mother tongue.�

�Teaching staff and all other facilities such as classrooms, etc., for the teaching of the additional language should be made available. For which the respective principal has to make a comprehensive assessment of the requirement of training of the additional language and evolve appropriate modalities in consultation with stakeholders,� the circular stated further.

Earlier, opposing the circular, the Sabha announced that it would carry out massive protests in every Kendriya Vidyalaya of Assam.

Today, addressing a joint press meet with the Sabha leadership, deputy commissioner of KVS, Guwahati region Chandradip Nilap said the matter of withdrawal of the circular could only be taken up with the higher authority of the KVS. �The matter should have to be placed properly before the KVS headquarters and the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development,� he said.

Nilap also urged everyone not to carry out any protest on the premises of any Kendriya Vidyalaya, as it would only harm the educational environment of the schools and �will not deliver any result�.

Dr Rajbongshi said if the State government does not take any immediate step on the issue then the Sabha along with representatives of various organisations and eminent personalities of the State will move the HRD Ministry soon.

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Move to include Assamese language in Kendriya Vidyalayas

GUWAHATI, May 13 - It�s time Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and all the MPs from Assam in Rajya Sabha raised their voice for inclusion of the Assamese language as a subject in the Kendriya Vidyalayas located in the State, said Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi here today. The Sabha also demanded withdrawal of the recent circular issued by the Joint Commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) regarding review of allocation of periods to physical and health education, work education and art education.

By the circular, the KVS has withdrawn the classes for teaching of an additional language which was earlier carved out from work education and art education subjects. As per the KVS circular, the schools will have to reserve one period per day for health and physical education for classes I to XII from the academic session 2019-20.

The circular further stated that if at least 15 or more students opt to study an additional language in a school, then teaching of the additional language may be taken up by the respective schools as per requirement beyond the school hours.

The Sabha had earlier dashed off a letter to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, stating that the new KVS notification has undermined the country�s Constitution in that �it deprives the students from their constitutional right to learn their mother tongue.�

�Teaching staff and all other facilities such as classrooms, etc., for the teaching of the additional language should be made available. For which the respective principal has to make a comprehensive assessment of the requirement of training of the additional language and evolve appropriate modalities in consultation with stakeholders,� the circular stated further.

Earlier, opposing the circular, the Sabha announced that it would carry out massive protests in every Kendriya Vidyalaya of Assam.

Today, addressing a joint press meet with the Sabha leadership, deputy commissioner of KVS, Guwahati region Chandradip Nilap said the matter of withdrawal of the circular could only be taken up with the higher authority of the KVS. �The matter should have to be placed properly before the KVS headquarters and the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development,� he said.

Nilap also urged everyone not to carry out any protest on the premises of any Kendriya Vidyalaya, as it would only harm the educational environment of the schools and �will not deliver any result�.

Dr Rajbongshi said if the State government does not take any immediate step on the issue then the Sabha along with representatives of various organisations and eminent personalities of the State will move the HRD Ministry soon.