KOKRAJHAR, Feb 16: The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) expressed displeasure over the State’s education policy for new reformative mechanism of provincialization of schools, appointment of teachers and improvement of education in the State yesterday.
Sources said the ABSU observed its 41st foundation day at Bodofa House, Kokrajhar yesterday with a day-long programme. The president of ABSU Rwngwra Narzary hoisted the flag. A discussion was also held at Bodofa House with Narzary in the chair the president of BSS Brajendra Kumar Brahma, Sahitya Akademy Awardee Dr Mangal Singh Hazoary, BTC planing officer Hori Charan Boro, principal of Kokrajhar College Binay Kumar Brahma, spoke on the occasion and was attended by other intellectuals and students.
Speaking to the mediapersons at Bodofa House the president of ABSU Narzary said that the Government was maintaining an indifferent attitude towards the Bodo medium for which a good number of Bodo medium schools are being closed especially in Upper Asom districts. He said there are only 9.33 of provincialized Bodo medium schools all over the State comprising LP 458, ME-312 and 160 High School while number of venture Bodo medium schools are 1488 of which 945 LP, 363 ME and 163 High School. He said almost 50 primary Bodo medium schools are still not provincialized and thus majority Bodo students are suffering from getting proper educational facilities.
Narzary said the ABSU has been demanding the provincialization of Bodo medium schools, appointment of adequate teachers, timely distribution of free text books and separate directorate for Bodo medium to improve the Bodo medium schools and other problems but the Asom Government and education department is maintaining a dignified silence over their demands. He also said the Government’s apathetic attitude towards Bodo medium was very unfortunate. The resource persons of SSA are continuing without any replacement, he said adding that the Government, has not filled up the regular posts for Bodo teacher in 458 LP Schools, 312 ME Schools and 160 High Schools despite these schools being provincialized.
The ABSU president while strongly criticizing the Government’s negligence towards Bodo medium, Narzary said the ABSU will stage a demonstration programme against non fulfilment of their demands in every district and subdivisions in every district and subdivisional head quarters on february 18. The theme of the demonstrations would be “provide text books and teachers”
Narzary said the student body will place the effigies of Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Education Minister Ripun Bora in the demonstration programme and will place their demand charter before the effigy to reply the ridiculous act. The students will pray before the effigies to fulfil their demands. He also appealed to the State’s intellectual circle to extend their cooperation towards fulfilment of demands to improve the educational scenario.