Assam govt move to teach Science, Maths in English in schools gets flak
The Assam cabinet’s decision to teach Science and Mathematics in English instead of Assamese or other vernacular languages has drawn flak from some political parties, literary bodies and student groups.
the state cabinet had approved that from now both subjects will be taught in English in all government schools from Class 3 till Class 12 instead of the present practice of teaching them in Assamese, Bodo or Bengali.
“Introduction of English as a medium for teaching Science and Maths won’t hurt Assamese and other languages as students will continue to study them as subjects. The move could encourage many parents to enroll their kids in government schools,” chief minister HimantaBiswaSarma said at an event in Guwahati on Friday.
Some sections say the move by the BJP-led government was taken in haste without consultations with stakeholders and will hurt Assamese and other vernacular languages in the long run.
“The present move by the state government is very confusing. Earlier chief minister HimantaBiswaSarma had publicly advocated teaching medicine and engineering in Assamese and now the state cabinet has decided that Science and Maths will be taught in English. The Assam government should make its stand clear on both issues,” Congress’s leader of opposition DebabrataSaikia said.
Regional party, Raijor Dal, said the move will decrease the relevance of Assamese and other vernacular languages of the state. In a statement issued on July 28, the party accused the government of failing to address issues of teachers training and other problems in school education.
“The government’s reasoning that the decision was taken to ensure better performance by students from Assam in national-level exams doesn’t hold water as globally it has been proved that children learn better in their mother tongues, especially at the primary level,” president of Assam JatiyaParishad (AJP), said at a press conference.
Sri Lanka man arrested for stealing prez flags, using them as bedsheet, sarong
Police said Saturday they arrested a Sri Lankan trade union leader who allegedly took two official flags from the deposed president GotabayaRajapaksa's palace and used them as a bedsheet and a sarong.
Tens of thousands of people, incensed by the island nation's economic crisis, stormed Rajapaksa's residence and seafront office earlier this month, forcing the leader to flee the country and later resign.
The man's arrest on Friday night comes after a social media post showed him using one of the official presidential flags as a bedsheet and the other as a sarong, a police officer told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
"We identified him from the videos filmed and posted by his son," the officer said.
"He told investigators that he burnt one flag and we have recovered the one he used as a sarong."
The man was remanded in custody for two weeks pending further investigations, the officer added.
Sri Lanka's 22 million people have endured months of lengthy blackouts, record inflation and shortages of food, fuel and petrol.
Soon after protesters overran the Presidential Palace, there were social media posts of them frolicking in the presidential pool and bouncing on four-poster beds inside the sprawling compound.
The nearby Temple Trees compound, the official prime minister's residence, was also overrun on the same day and protesters had removed televisions and other valuables.
Police said an inventory was being taken at the colonial-era buildings which are repositories of valuable art and antiquities.
Lufthansa faces more turmoil after pilots back potential strikes
Deutsche Lufthansa AG may face further disruption after its pilots voted for strikes if they’re considered necessary to force a wage deal, a move that could unleash another wave of cancellations unless the airline’s negotiators and labor representatives can settle their differences.
The VC pilots union voted overwhelmingly on Sunday in favor of walkouts, meaning Lufthansa could be hit with stoppages as soon as next month. Strikes would trigger additional cancellations on top of the 7,000 flights the company has scratched this summer due to staffing shortages.
“This positive ballot does not yet necessarily lead to strike action,” the union said in an emailed statement. “But it is an unmistakable signal to Lufthansa to take the needs of cockpit staff seriously.”
Pilot strikes at Europe’s biggest airline would add to a summer of chaos across the continent, where airports and airlines have struggled to accommodate a surge in bookings compared with the pandemic-induced slowdown.
Having initially avoided walkouts that have plagued rivals like Ryanair Holdings Plc, Lufthansa’s management is facing action from its various labor unions. The carrier last week canceled around 1,000 flights at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs due to industrial action by ground staff.
Surging German inflation is leading workers across the economy to demand higher pay, bringing the threat of strikes in several sectors. Lufthansa’s pilots are demanding wage increases to help offset the near double-digit rise in consumer prices.
Harmanpreet surpasses Dhoni to script spectacular India captaincy record
Team India opened their account in the Commonwealth Games 2022 after the HarmanpreetKaur-led side thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets in Birmingham on Sunday, hence boosting their chances of making the semi-finals of the T20 tournament. And with the big win their second group-stage tie in the competition, after having lost to Australia in the opener, captain Harmanpreet scripted a spectacular India captaincy record in T20I cricket, surpassing the legendary MS Dhoni.
India did not have a perfect start to CWG 2022 as they lost to Australia in their opening match, but brought their desired 'killing attitude' to the fore to bounce back in style and beat Pakistan in the rain-curtailed match.