Guwahati: As part of its educational reforms, the State Government is planning to launch the concept of mixed medium schools in the State. Besides, one regional language from among Assamese, Bodo and Bengali will also be made compulsory in all schools in the State.
According to the reports, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the State Government was sober about bringing in the concept of mixed-medium schools in view of its advantages. He also said that although no concrete decision had been taken as yet, the matter was being discussed with educationists, and related aspects looked into.
On making a regional language compulsory in all schools, the minister said that an Act would soon be passed in the Assembly to that effect. “The compulsory regional language would be either Assamese (Brahmaputra Valley), or Bodo (BTC area), or Bengali (Barak valley),” he said.
The minister revealed that 200 model schools on the lines of the Navodaya Vidyalaya would soon be set up across the State, with the first phase covering 87 blocks for which land had been allotted. Each school would cost about Rs 5 crores, he added.
The State Government was also on the edge of introducing vocational courses such as IT-enabled services, hospitality, healthcare, retail, etc., in schools from Class IX onwards.
“We will have a tie-up with reputed national institutions and a pilot project is on the anvil,” he said.