Call to start primary education of indigenous communities in their mother tongue
Our Correspondent, Khagrachhari

Civil society leaders of different indigenous communities urged the government to start primary education in their mother tongue.

They also expressed their dissatisfaction as the government is yet to take any step to start primary education in mother languages of the people of 13 indigenous communities living in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Monindra Lal Tripura, ex-chairman of Khagrachhari Hill District Council, said starting primary education in the respected mother tongue was made mandatory as per CHT peace accord signed between government and leading indigenous forum Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghity Samity (PCJSS) on December 2, 1997.

He said as per the treaty, the government should ensure primary education of all indigenous children in their mother languages. But both the governments of the BNP and the Awami League (AL) failed to show good intention in implementing the programme.

Another Civil society leader Santushito Chakma Bakul said members of 13 minority indigenous communities were speaking in 10 different indigenous languages had been demanding for long to start primary education in their own languages.

“We were dissatisfied as government yet to full fill our long time demands, he added”.

The running Khagrachhari Hill District Council Chairman Kongjori Chowdhury said Chakma language was being used at Chakma villages, Kokborok language being used at Tripura villages and Marma language at Marma villages.

In the process, the children are learning their own culture and tradition. Schooling has become enjoyable to indigenous children.

Acting District Primary Education Officer (DPEO) Md Mamun Kabir said: “We sent the list of students to concerned ministry and the best of my knowledge ministry has been preparing books on pre-primary level. They would train teachers after preparing the books and later it would start in primary schools in CHT. 

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