Phidim, Sept 29 (RSS): The number of schools offering classes in the mother tongues has diminished in Paanchthar.
It was the Paanchthar district which had started teaching –learning in the mother tongues for the first time in the country. Classes were offered in the Limbu (Yakthung) language up to grade 7.
As many as 131 schools in the district used to run classes in the Limbu language up to grade 5 as far back as five years. But the number of schools running mother language classes has decreased to 114 at present.
Likewise, the number of schools running classes in the Rai Bantawa language has decreased from four to two.
Two schools are offering courses in Tamang language while one school in Bhotia language.
The number of schools offering courses in mother languages is on a decreasing trend due to the lack of awareness in the community and the shortage of language teachers and textbooks.
As per the population census of 2011, more than 41 per cent of the total population of Paanchthar belongs to the Limbu community.