Jul 06, 2020

Language Policies vs. Linguistic and ethnic diversity:


One reason why children are struggling with academics in this regions is that many children cannot access education in their own tribal languages that often have no standardized scripts and limited language rights. There are only a few functioning preschool facilities and students have little access to libraries and online resources. Despite the coexistence of multiple linguistic groups in this region, most government primary schools in the area offer a choice of Assamese and Bodo as medium of instruction.  A substantial number of children with diverse linguistic backgrounds go to Assamese medium schools. This leads to a situation where children in primary school struggle to acquire fluency in reading and writing in Assamese, a language that they rarely hear in their day to day lives which hinders them further, in there later life, to proceed to other academic institutions.