GUWAHATI: "The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) is not opposed to English or the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), but the organization favours imparting of education via the 'organic' system instead of the 'hybrid system," the students' body's chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharjya has said.
Speaking as the chief guest at a special felicitation programme for meritorious students on Saturday, organized by the Chandrapur Anchalik Students' Union, Bhattacharjya said that it is an ill-advised decision of the state government to foist parallel education in English and the vernacular language upon the school students of Assam. He further alleged that the decision to place one schools in each LAC under the CBSE is tantamount to an assault on the Assamese language on the pretext of teaching the English language.
Bhattacharjya said that the government should take steps to make the school students proficient in spoken and written English while retaining the vernacular medium of instruction. He suggested that vernacular medium schools in the government sector should be upgraded through provision of more funds for infrastructure development, while simultaneously filling up vacant teachers' posts in such institutions.
The AASU advisor also asserted that "the AASU won't tolerate destruction of the vernacular medium schools", and urged the people of Assam to remain vigilant in this regard.