Goa government to reconsider its stand on releasing grants
Panaji | Friday, Apr 27 2012 IST
The Goa government told the Bombay High Court here that it would reconsider its earlier stand on the issue of releasing grants to English medium primary schools and a fresh circular would be issued in this regard after consulting all stake holders.
This was disclosed by Director of Education Anil Powar in an affidavit filed before the High Court.
Mr Powar stated that government has now decided to reconsider the entire issue as regards grants and medium of instruction (MOI) issue by taking into consideration suggestion from all sections of the society as well as the provision of the rights of Education act, 2009.
The affidavit also states that in view of this the earlier circular dated June 10, 2011, issued to schools, shall be revoked. the petitoiners have prayed to quash and set aside the cabinet decision on providing grants to English-medium primary schools dated May 25,2011 and also to quash nnd set aside the circular dated June 10,2011.
It may be recalled that a petition challenging English as MOI was filed by educantionist Mr Pandurang Nadkarni and three minors represented by their father. On June 10, 2011, the Directorate of education issued a circular communicating the school managements, the decision of the then government taken on May 25,2011 to release grants to English Medium primary schools in Goa and asked the parents to submit the choices as regards medium of instrunction of their wards. However, this circular was challenged by Ruhi Dicholkar and three others, who filed a writ petition in the High Court, seeking a stay on the circular dated June 10,2011. The High court on July 18, 2011 passed an interim order, directing the Directorate of Education not to implement the circular dated June 10,2011 until further order