Guwahati : The apex literary board of Assam, Asom Sahitya Sabha has demanded for the complete closure of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Assam for their contentious stand to make Assamese irrelevant in its institutions.
Asom Sahitya Sabha demands closure of KVs in Assam
“The people of Assam should democratically shut down all the KVs. We demand Assamese be made a compulsory subject from classes I to X in its schools,” said Parmananda Rajbongshi, president, ASS.
A notification by the KVS issued on March 29th, 2019 stated, “If at least 15 or more students opt to study an additional language, the teaching of the additional language may be taken up by the respective schools as per requirement beyond the school hours.”
ASS’s take on KV’s stand on Assamese language
“We will not allow KVs to operate in Assam if it doesn’t withdraw the notification. We will never ever adhere to such policies of the Centre. This is an infringement of fundamental rights of the Assamese,” added Rajbongshi while giving a three weeks deadline to withdraw the order.
The state’s biggest literary body Asom Sahitya Sabha described the move as a “conspiracy against the regional languages”.
The ASS has dashed off a letter to the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal and urged the Rajya Sabha members from Assam to raise the issue in the parliament.