Schools May Be Asked To Conduct Interviews in Kashmiri


SRINAGAR – In yet another effort to promote Kashmiri Language, the state government is contemplating to issue directives to all government and private schools to conduct the admission interviews of children in their mother tongue.

 Participating in a TV programme, which was telecasted from Doordarshan on Sunday , Minster For Higher Education Abdual Gani Malik said that Govt. was seriously considering to ask school  administrations for conducting the interviews to children seeking  admission in native languages. The minster was responding to senior PDP leader and MLA Sangrama Syed Basharat Bukhari who was also part of the programme.  

Bukhari earlier raised the issue asking the government to show seriousness towards promoting the Kashmiri language. “I want to suggest that  Govt. should not only implement its commitments to promote Kashmiri language in schools and colleges, but should also ensure that all interviews to seek admission are conducted in mother tongue” Said Bukhari.

MLA Sangramma while taking part in the discussion regretted that most of the schools in the valley were conducting interviews in Urdu or English languages. “It is not the responsibility of the parents to teach Urdu or English to their children after they are born. You need to talk to the child in his native language in order to assess his real IQ”, argued Bukhari.

Meanwhile talking part in the discussion, senior Journalist Tahir Mohi u din cautioned that after the Kashmiri, Urdu Language was also loosing its popularity among young generation. “Young generation doesn’t like to read Urdu Newspapers which should be a cause of concern for all.” Tahir said, Suggesting, Govt. should make Kashmiri language job oriented in order to attract students towards it.

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