Asam Sahitya Sabha's central office in Jorhat. Telegraph picture
Jorhat, April 28: The Asam Sahitya Sabha, with an aim to enhance the quality of Assamese among the lower primary-level students, will launch an initiative in Jorhat district where it will hold extra classes on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays.
To attract students and encourage teachers, the Sabha plans to give them certificates after completion of the training programme.
The Jorhat unit of the Sabha will implement the plan in the district from next month, though the date will be finalised in the coming days.
The unit president, Indrajit Kumar Barua, told The Telegraph today that there was a need to improve the quality of Assamese among the students as certain distortions were observed in recent times in the application of the language.
Barua, also a retired joint secretary of the state government, said many sections of society have complained to the Sabha about wrong spellings, pronunciation and wrong use of Assamese words. "The Sabha being the apex literary body has a prime responsibility to undertake steps to promote and preserve the language among the upcoming generations."
Barua said the Jorhat unit has decided to start the initiative from the lower primary level as it is the foundation of the education system. In the first phase, it has decided to carry out the exercise in the tea garden area schools, he added.
A group of teachers has been selected as master trainers and they will be take extra classes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Under the plan, five centres in different areas of the district have been selected to hold the classes, Barua said.
The Jorhat unit president said since last year, the Sabha has organised a series of workshops for lower primary schoolteachers of the district where writing correct spellings of words, especially amalgamated letters ( juktakkhor), correct pronunciation and proper sentence constructions were discussed.
Barua said the first phase is expected to be over in about three months, which might get disrupted during June to August because of the monsoon.
The assistant Sabha secretary (central committee), Samiran Bordoloi, said the proposed exercise could be extended to other districts if the response to the initiative was found to be positive.