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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Finally, MoI report on the cards

After series of meetings and extensions, panel likely to submit report by December-end

Story: The | Goan | 06th December 2018, 03:34 Hrs

MoI PANEL TIMELINE
>> Decision to provide grants to some English-medium primary schools generates controversy
>> MoI Committee set up on July 15, 2016, with Principal Bhaskar Nayak as its chairman
>> The panel is asked to study reports by other experts, including Human Resources Ministry
>> Committee meets several times and convenes taluka-wise meetings with different stakeholders
>> Two years later, Nayak retires as principal, while a new government comes into power
>> The panel, initially given a tenure of four months, is subsequently extended multiple times
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The report will be ready within the next few days for sure - Bhaskar Nayak

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VASCO: Two years after it was set up by the previous government amid much debate and controversy over the medium of instruction at the primary level, the special Committee on the Medium of Instruction (MOI) is finally expected to submit its report to the government before the month end.
The MOI Committee Chairman Bhaskar Nayak informed The Goan on Wednesday that there had been a delay in submitting the report only because of some personal reasons.
"The report will be ready within the next few days for sure. The primary reason for the delay in submitting the report was due to some personal reasons at my level and that was the only reason for the delay.”
“All the committee members have met and we have decided on the report. We have also held discussions and it is only the question of putting it up together and it is only due to personal reasons I have not been able to do it. By the end of December, we should be able to submit the report," said Nayak.
Expressing shock over some reports indicating that there was no need to submit any committee report, Nayak replied: “None of the committee members, or I for that matter, have ever said there is no need to submit the committee report.”
“It is very unlikely that any of our member has said this because our deliverable is the report and the report has to be submitted once the committee is constituted. So, we are in the process of writing the report and may be in a few days, we will be in a position to submit the report to the government,” said Nayak.
“There is absolutely no question that there is no need to submit the report. Who are we it say that there is no need to submit the report? I am absolutely surprised by these news reports on the MOI committee" Nayak added.
The State government had set up the 17-member MoI committee on July 15, 2016, with Principal Bhaskar Nayak as its chairman, after its decision to provide grants to some English-medium primary schools in the State had generated a controversy.
While some groups demanded that these grants be withdrawn, other groups had supported these grants to the schools.
In a bid to resolve the debate, the government had constituted MoI committee to study the issue from all angles.
The MoI Committee was entrusted to convene meetings with social organisations, PTAs, school management committees, primary teachers, organisations, principals, aided schools management committees, education experts and even interacting with social-cultural groups by visiting Konkani-speaking people in parts of Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
The committee was asked to study reports by other experts, including the Human Resources Ministry.
The committee had met several times and had even convened taluka-wise meetings with different stakeholders to ascertain their views on the MoI issue.
Two years passed and Nayak retired as principal, while a new government came into power. The committee, which was initially given a tenure of four months, was subsequently extended multiple times, but was yet to submit its report to the government.
When The Goan had contacted Nayak earlier in June, he had said: “Work on the report is underway and the report will be submitted within 15 days.”