9th, 10th students to get Kashmiri classes 

March 4, 2010

Peerzada says all schools will teach language from Nov; AMK hails decision. 

Jammu, March 03: The government Wednesday announced that Kashmiri language would be introduced in 9th and 10th standards in all schools of the Valley this year.

The announcement in this regard was made by Minister for Higher Education, Peerzada Muhamamad Sayeed during Zero Hour in the Legislative Assembly.

The issue was raised by CPI (M) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami in the Zero Hour. He pleaded for introducing Kashmiri at secondary level in all the schools of Valley as the language was an identity of the people of Kashmir.

“What is the Government doing in preserving our mother tongue?” Tarigami asked?

Stating that the Kashmiri language is dying slowly, he expressed surprise over the treatment given to the mother tongue by the Kashmiris. “Parents at home and the teachers at school use English and Urdu language, thus making the future of Kashmiri bleak,” he said, adding, “It is a matter of concern.”

Hailing the efforts of literary organizations regarding promotion and preservation of the language, he urged the government to take effective measures to promote Kashmiri.  “If government does not show its seriousness towards the language, the Kashmiris will lose their identity as well.”

Referring to the Editor’s Conference organized by Adbee Markaz Kamraz on February 09, 2010, Tarigami urged the government to consider the suggestions of the conference for promoting the Kashmiri language.  “The government should take every possible step to promote this language,” he said.

In his reply, the Education Minister said it had been the government’s policy to uplift the languages especially Kashmiri. “Government is serious about preserving and promoting the languages. In this regard, we have decided to introduce Kashmiri language in all schools of Valley in 9th and 10th standards with effect from 4 November 2010,” Sayeed said. “We are giving final touch to the proposal and the books required for it are also being compiled”.

He said the subject was already being taught at the higher secondary level. “We are committed to promote Kashmiri language,” he said.

He further said Kashmiri language will also be introduced as an optional subject in the 11th standard as well.

Sayeed said the government is also concerned about the issue and is taking necessary steps in this regard.

Tarigami thanked the minister and government for taking such a decision.

Introducing Kashmiri language at the secondary school level was a long pending demand of the oldest cultural organization of Kashmir, Adbee Markaz Kamraz and noted poets of the Valley.

In a statement issued here, the AMK hailed the government decision to introduce Kashmiri in 9th and 10th classes.

AMK general secretary Dr Syed Shujaat Bukhari termed it a timely announcement since the language was being taught up to 8th standard only. “We appreciate the efforts of the government in taking effective steps to give the language its rightful place,” he said adding the decision now needs to be pursued effectively in the administrative department.

Bukhari also thanked Finance Minister Abdur Rahim Rather and CPI (M) leader Muhamamd Yousuf Tarigami for vigorously pursuing the matter in and outside assembly.

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