Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar said on Sunday that primary schools will be constructed by the government for the kids. In those primary schools, children will be taught in their mother tongue and after that, it would be left on the parents to decide whether they want to continue with the same educational school or not.
While addressing the Mahila Morcha workers, he said that BJP believes in imparting primary education to the kids in their mother tongue. But, it is not under the control of the party to withdraw grants in aid which has been given to 132 church run English schools as per the demand of the Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch.
He said, “Around 900 teachers are teaching the 127 schools to which Congress had given a grant in aid. The government cannot withdraw the grant just because demands have been raised to do so. We will build new schools which will impart good quality primary education in mother tongue and then parents can decide where their children should go for education.”
This has been the matter of debate for quite a long time. In the past, Goa RSS Chief Subhash Velingkar had said that Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch will boycott all the government functions which are attended by the leaders of the BJP if the fail to promote regional languages at primary education level. Later, the government of Goa approved of a scheme which provides special grant every month of Rs. 400 to each student to all the aided primary schools having Konkani and Marathi as the language.
Velingkar has been stripped of his associations with the right wing group. The Chief Minister said that the BJP cannot be compared to Congress in any way. He also appealed to the workers to rise in protest against this.
He said, “We are not here to harm anyone. If we want to develop the state and the country then we have to take all stakeholders along with us. At one time Bharatiya Janata Party was a party welcomed only by Hindus, but today six out of 21 of our MLAs are from the Catholic community.”
He further added, “Trust does not build overnight or with one incident. The party has had to struggle over a period. Sometimes when you take decisions, they need to be inclusive — take all stakeholders into consideration. Only those who wish to create trouble take one-sided decisions.”