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Tue, 23 Jul 2019

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Khasi as Compulsory Elective Subject, KHADC Threatens Agitation

Khasi as Compulsory Elective Subject, KHADC Threatens Agitation
November 08
15:45 2014

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has threatened to take up intensive agitations if the state government fails to scrap the notification of the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) proposing to make Khasi subject as a compulsory elective subject. In a notification issued on September 5, 2013, the MBOSE had decided to allow the students to choose MIL as a compulsory elective subject and not only as an optional subject as was done earlier as part of its proposal to change the existing structure and scheme of studies for the HSSLC examinations.

Addressing pressmen here on Thursday, KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM), Adelbert Nongrum said, “We demand the state government for immediate cancellation of Board’s notification and ensure that Khasi subject should be made a compulsory subject at the HSSLC level of education.” “Failing to comply with the demand put forth, the Council will be compelled to resort to intensive agitation means to ensure that the Khasi language is preserved at the school level,” he threatened.

“We suspect that some external elements are behind influencing the Board to come up with such a proposal to make Khasi subject only as a secondary subject,” said Nongrum. Nongrum also said that as per Section 29 (1) of the Sixth Schedule it has empowers the District Councils to preserve the indigenous language, literature and traditional cultural heritage.

”We strongly protest against this move by the Board because it will only lead to endangering our own indigenous language which cannot be allowed at any cost,” he said. Meanwhile, the Executive Member (EM) in charge of Education, Grace Mary Kharpuri also expressed serious concern over the proposed move of the Board.

She opined that this move to make Khasi subject as a compulsory elective subject allowing students to make choices based on their interest will to a great extent pose a serious threat to the tradition, cultural heritage and indigenous language. Kharpuri also informed that the District Council had earlier sent a representation to the government urging the need to make Khasi subject as a compulsory subject in all the schools in the state but till today there was no reply from the government.

Stating that Khasi Author’s Society (KAS) has been spearheading the demand for inclusion of Khasi language in the Eight Schedule of the Indian Constitution, she said, “However, the move by the MBOSE is just the opposite and is seen as revolting against the movement taken out by the authors towards this issue.”

She further pointed out that in Assam, they are speaking and writing in Assamese which makes them feel proud of their own language, but however it is an irony that in our state, the effort is towards bringing an end to our own language.

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