Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio yesterday said the government is setting up an institution of Naga Languages. Responding to a starred question by MLA Chotisuh on the details of Naga Tribal Languages approved as a subject, the Chief Minister said the institution will be in the ambit of Directorate of School Education.
Rio however said a definite time frame cannot be made at this juncture. He also informed the House that four Naga local dialects namely Angami, Ao, Sumi and Lotha were approved to be taken up to class 10 and above, whereas 18 local dialects were approved as a subject up to elementary school level. The Chief Minister further stated that 13 tribal literature boards have sought government’s approval for their languages to be taken up in the secondary level.
Meanwhile, replying to a supplementary question by MLA Khuzholuzu Neinu, Advisor K T Sukhalu said the 13 local dialects could not be taken up at secondary level as it could not fulfill the required set of curriculum and NBSE therefore could not approve it. Sukhalu informed that the centre has not provided any funds for promotion of Naga languages. The Advisor also informed that there are only 91 language teachers in the department as of today.