Bharatiya Janata Party-led Tipura government on Thursday (28 February) said that it will form a committee to determine script for the Kokborok language, which is the lingua franca of most of the state’s indigenous Borok community, Indian Express.
Tripura Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath, during a discussion in the state assembly, said that a committee would be formed to enquire into the script issue, reports Indian Express.
While discussing a motion, the ruling Indigenous People Front of Tripura’s (IPFT) MLA Brishaketu Debbarma said 75 per cent of the Kokrobok speakers use Roman script for writing the language and advocated to adopt Roman script for the school education as well.
However, ruling BJP MLA Rampada Jamatia opposed Debbarma’s suggestion and said that not more than 50 per cent people speaking Kokrobok were found to use Roman script.
The education minister, putting an end to the debate, said that a committee would be formed to enquire into the issue. The committee is likely to be formed before the next assembly election, he added.
According to the IE report, Tripura has around 24 per cent of its population speaking the Kokborok language, which is taught in 1,205 primary schools, 37 high schools and 33 higher secondary schools. Kokborok is also taught as an elective subject in 22 government degree colleges of the state.
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