Tony de Sa
2011-04-25 07:40:19 UTC
Subject: [Goanet] article on medium of instruction (Adv. Peter
Here is something concrete for any one who want to understand better why we
should save what is withering away......
As I have previously said, I respect Adv. Jos Peter D'Souza's skills in
debating and semantics.
Unfortunately, 20 years down the line, the experiment to introduce Konkani
as the medium of Instruction has failed miserably since the biggest votary
of Konkani MOI - The Diocesan Society of Education and the extended Arch
Diocesan Board of Education - has decided it was all a big mistake. Without
the support of the DSE and the ABE, support for primary education in Konkani
There are a few things that one ought to consider without emotion and
1. Konkani needs tremendous development in the field of literature and
vocabulary before it can be used to teach science and technical subjects.
2. In other countries and within our own country, in states like Kerala and
Tamil Nadu, one can study from KG to Ph D without the support of any other
language. Can this be done in Konkani MOI except perhaps in subjects like
3. The issue of education in primary school in Konkani in the Devnagri
Script needs to be settled and the bogeys surrounding the Roman Script
Konkani should be stilled once and for all. Wasn't Konkani sustained by the
writings of Konkani writers in the Roman Script through the 450 years of
Imperialistic, colonial rule?
4. Why should we be running dog lackeys of the Marathi lobby which insists
on the Devnagri Script to subjugate a section of the Goan populace, the very
section that kept Konkani alive through the 450 years they were under the
5. If India has strengths in the BPO world, it is because India scores over
China in the field of English speaking and fluency. Doesn't the BPO world
provide employment to many Goans?
Let us view the issue in the cold light of reason and keep semantics and
emotion and passion away from something that will affect the futures of our
Adv. D'Souza by his very own admission states that he was raised in a family
which spoke English and he was educated in English. Is his understanding in
any way? So also as he says did a whole generation of Indians. While Adv.
D'Souza was in Bombay, did he not learn to speak Marathi fluently, and later
in Goa Konkani too?
Tony de Sa. tonydesa at gmail dot com