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August 28, 2009

Bodo medium education pathetic in Asom

GUWAHATI, Aug 27: In the recent past the demand to improve Bodo medium education in the State has gained momentum with many organizations getting vocal about the Asom Government’s alleged apathy towards the development of Bodo medium education in the State.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) recently addressed a joint press conference where they appealed to the Asom Government to take serious steps to solve the problems plaguing the Asomiya and Bodo medium schools of the State.
ABSU has all along been demanding a separate directorate for Bodo medium schools. Taking to the media today, ABSU president Promod Boro said there are 860 vacant posts in primary Bodo medium schools, 470 vacant posts in middle schools and 228 vacant posts in high schools.

There are 634 Bodo medium schools where there is only one teacher. About 60 schools are non-functional. In many schools there are no science and maths teachers. There are 123 such middle schools and 57 high schools, said Boro. About 614 Bodo primary medium schools, 219 middle schools and 120 high schools are non-provincialized, he added.

Besides ABSU, various Bodo organizations have alleged that the State Government has done precious little for the development of Bodo medium education which explains the linguistic and educational backwardness of the community. They have demanded immediate appointment of teachers in all vacant posts, appointment of science and mathematics teachers in the posts lying vacant and provincialization of non-provincialized Bodo medium schools. THE SENTINEL

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