Seeking the intervention of centre for the inclusion of Khasi and Garo language in the list of Second Language Options in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Member of Parliament from Shillong Lok Sabha Constituency, Vincent H Pala has written a letter to Union Minister of Education Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Friday saying these two languages are not included in the list.
“I,…fervently request you to consider the inclusion of Khasi and Garo language in the list of approved languages at the earliest so that the children of my state can receive the best of education,” Pala said in a letter to Dr Nishank .
Pala said The fact that, Khasi and Garo Languages are the mode of communication (both verbal and written) for not only the indigenous residents of the state of Meghalaya but also for large sections of the inhabitants of other states in the Northeast who have Khasi and Garo ancestry.
According to him, a sizable population of Bangladesh also speaks the Khasi and Garo language.
The population of Meghalaya is (approximately) 35 lakhs and 47% of the population speak Khasi, 30.86 % speak Garo while rest speak other languages.
The Shillong MP cited the example of Mizo and Thankhul languages which comparatively is spoken by a lesser percentage of the population, but still included in the list of languages in the CBSE curriculum.
“So, if these two languages get included, the children from the state can receive the best of education,” he observed.
Further, he maintained that CBSE affiliated schools are not popular in Meghalaya, although parents are aware that CBSE is the best board of appearing in competitive examinations.