On the lines of stipulations set by Kerala and Karnataka, the state is all set to make Assamese a compulsory subject in schools upto Class X, education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday. He, however, added that students in tribal areas and Barak valley, who do not want to study Assamese, will be given a choice to opt for Bodo and Bengali respectively.
He said the legislation will make the subject mandatory in all schools including those under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).
‘A notification will be issued soon, making Assamese compulsory in the state’s schools. However, in Bengali-speaking areas, especially in the Barak Valley, students will have the option of studying Bengali as an alternative to Assamese. Similarly, in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts, students can choose to study Bodo instead of Assamese,’ Sarma said.
Source: The Times Of India