Mamata Banerjee on the Bengali language: “Nothing has been imposed on anyone”, Chief Minister settles debate on compulsory Bengali in schools
Mamata Banerjee on the Bengali language: From Jhargram, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state government was considering the use of three languages or a three-language formula in schools.
Jhargram: State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is in Jhargram on the occasion of World Tribal Day. He attended the Adivasi Day program at Jhargram Stadium on Wednesday. On that day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dispelled doubts about the need to teach Bengali in all schools in the state.
Speaking from Jhargram, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state government was considering a three-language formula or three languages at school level. The first language can be the mother tongue or the regional language. For the other two, students can choose the language of their choice. Nothing is imposed on anyone,” said the senior minister.
The Senior Minister said: “Some people say the opposite about language. What we discussed in cabinet was the three-language formula. Those who study in Bangla can take the first Bangla language. Where there are Alchiki courses, you can take Alchiki. It’s not fair to impose anything on anyone”.
The Chief Minister also said, “We live in Bengal. In Bengal, most schools are Bengali language schools. Those who study in Bengali will take Bengali. My local language will come first. Don’t forget it. Last Friday, the cabinet discussed the language policy for schools. The decision to make Bengali compulsory in all schools in the state caused a stir. Controversy has erupted. On Tuesday, after Education Minister Bratya Bose, the Chief Minister put an end to all controversy.