In an effort to promote Kashmiri, the state is contemplating to issue directives to all government and private schools to conduct the admission interviews of children in their mother tongue.
Participating in a TV program, which was tele-casted from Doordarshan on Sunday, Minster for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik said:”Government was seriously considering to ask school administrations for conducting the interviews to children seeking admission in native languages.”
The minster was responding to senior PDP leader Syed Basharat Bukhari who was also part of the program.
Bukhari, earlier raised the issue asking the government to show seriousness towards promoting the Kashmiri. “I want to suggest that government should not only implement its commitments to promote Kashmiri in schools and colleges, but should also ensure that all interviews to seek admission are conducted in mother tongue,” said Bukhari.
Bukhari while taking part in the discussion regretted that most of the schools in the valley were conducting interviews in Urdu or English. “It is not the responsibility of the parents to teach Urdu or English to their children after they are born. You need to talk to the child in his native language in order to assess his real IQ,” he argued.
Talking part in the discussion, senior journalist Tahir Mohi-u-din cautioned that after the Kashmiri, Urdu was also loosing its popularity among young generation. “Young generation doesn’t like to read Urdu newspapers which should be a cause of concern for all,” he said.