Consider diversity of NE before finalizing NEP: NESO

AGARTALA, Jul 30: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Tuesday urged the Centre to consider the diversity of the region before finalizing the National Education Policy (NEP).
In a statement, the NESO demanded that regional languages be accorded due importance by including them in the eighth schedule.
“No language should be made compulsory. But the Centre is trying to surreptitiously thrust Hindi as the sole language of the country through the draft NEP, which will never be accepted,” it said.
NESO executive member Sunil Debbarma said the medium of instruction in the schools should be in the regional languages.
The draft NEP was revised in June following protests in various parts of the country, fearing imposition of Hindi on non-Hindi states through the education policy.
“The Centre’s intention of imposing Hindi is clear in the draft NEP. Though revised in June, we still have apprehensions that there may be attempts to impose the language in the Northeast,” he said.
The NESO said the NEP should not be implemented in haste and states should be allowed to prepare roadmaps for the different sectors after consulting the stakeholders and working out the required finances.
“The NEP’s emphasis on the need to have centrally-constituted bodies to frame rules and policies and asking the states to only implement them threatens the federal structure of the nation,” it said.
The NESO said the education policy should take into account the diverse socioeconomic conditions in the rural areas.
It said the time allotted to the stakeholders to offer their views on the draft NEP is limited, and at least six more months should be given to deliberate on the workability of the NEP after translating it into all the scheduled languages.
The NESO comprises the All Assam Students’ Union, the Khasi Students’ Union, the Naga Students’ Federation, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl, the Twipra Students’ Federation, the All Manipur Students’ Union, the Garo Students’ Union and the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union. (PTI)