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By Kangkan Kalita | TNN

GUWAHATI: Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said Assam is contemplating a hybrid method of education in government-run schools where mathematics will be taught in English and the other subjects in vernacular languages.

For teaching English, the medium of instruction will be English language only and cannot be mixed with vernacular languages. At present, the medium of instruction in government schools is the local language barring a few Hindi-medium schools. In the majority of schools the medium of instruction is Assamese. Schools in Bodo areas have Bodo as the medium of instruction, while schools in the Barak Valley have Bengali as the medium of instruction.

Sarma said the hybrid model is being planned to make students in vernacular medium schools well versed in English and prepare them for better jobs. He was speaking at the Ghorabondha Junior Basic School and B J Girls Junior Basic School at Sipajhar in Darrang district to kickstart this year’s Gunotsav on Wednesday.

Addressing the students he said, “Students should be able to speak fluently in English and Hindi if they want to work beyond the boundaries of Assam.”

As a pilot project, this hybrid method has started in Gordon Higher Secondary School in Nalbari this year. A total of 187 students got fresh admission in government schools and many of them left English medium schools to join the hybrid model of education in the government school.

Sarma said the state education minister Ranoj Pegu has been entrusted with the task of holding discussions with the parents, guardians and various organizations in this regard. “If everyone agrees to our proposal on hybrid models, we will move one step forward next year,” he said.

“This year we want to bring a change in the curriculum. We cannot stop parents from sending their children to English medium schools. But keeping the base strong in the Assamese medium schools, we want to teach English and mathematics in English. The rest of the subjects will be taught in Assamese,” said Sarma.

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