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Tripura opposition leader raises Kokborok subject issue in assembly

First Published: 9th January, 2024 18:29 IST

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Opposition Leader Animesh Debbarma on Tuesday raised a significant issue concerning students appearing for the Kokborok subject in CBSE-affiliated schools in Tripura.

Addressing the House on the third day of the winter session of the Tripura Legislative Assembly, Debbarma advocated for students to have the choice to write their answers in Bengali or Roman script, similar to examinations conducted by the Tripura Board of Secondary Education.

Debbarma expressed concerns about the upcoming February examinations, where approximately 5000 students from various schools are set to appear for the Kokborok language.
However, they currently have no option but to write in Bengali, a language that may not be comfortable for many students.

Debbarma demanded that Chief Minister Manik Saha, who is also the Education Minister, should address the matter and write a letter to CBSE, urging them to provide students with the option of writing in Bengali and Roman script for the Kokborok subject.

In response, Chief Minister Saha informed the Assembly that a three-member committee, led by former MLA Dr Atul Debbarma, has been assigned to resolve the issue. The government is awaiting the committee’s report before taking further action, CM Saha informed.

However, Opposition Leader Debbarma countered the Chief Minister’s response by suggesting that, while waiting for the committee’s findings, the Assembly should decide to write a letter to CBSE through the Directorate of Kokborok.

This letter would request the provision of allowing students to write in Bengali and Roman script for the upcoming examinations, ensuring the educational future of around 5000 students is not compromised.

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