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August 26, 2009

Demand to improve Asomiya and Bodo medium education

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Aug 26: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) have appealed to the Asom Government to take serious steps to solve the problems of the Asomiya and Bodo medium schools in the State.

At a press meet in Guwahati today, both the students’ unions urged upon the State Government to initiate measures for the development of the vernacular medium schools and sought solutions for the problem of illegal immigration, floods, erosion of river banks, unemployment of local youth and the economic condition in the State. Both the students’ groups declared to hold joint meetings in all the districts of the State on September 4 and a rally stressing on educational development on September 19 in Guwahati. AASU president Shankar Prasad Ray, general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi, ABSU president Promod Boro and general secretary Jiron Basumatary were present at the press meet.

Addressing the press meet, both the students’ groups put forward a list of demands to the State Government. This includes the immediate appointment of teachers in all post lying vacant, non-permanent post of principal and teachers to be made permanent, appointment of science and mathematics teachers in the posts lying vacant in the Asomiya and Bodo medium schools, appointment of one teacher for every 40 students as per norm, introduction of new subjects in all the universities of Asom, upgradation of the syllabus and the examination system and provincialization of non-provincialized Asomiya and Bodo medium schools.

The AASU and ABSU expressed their dissatisfaction on the Government’s failure to successfully implement the Sarva Siksha Abhijan. They also demanded a separate directorate for the Bodo medium schools.

They appealed to the Government to sanction 100 crore each to the universities of Asom to carry out development activities. They were of the opinion that the Government officers and politicians should send their wards to the vernacular medium schools instead of English medium schools. Moreover, the politicians associated with the management committees of the Government schools and colleges should step down for the greater welfare of the institutions, they said.

Apart from this, they demanded the problem of flood and erosion in Asom to be declared a national problem. They also demanded the immediate implementation of the agreement that was signed between the Bodo leaders and the Central Government in 2003.

Various other demands like according ST status to six communities of Asom, restoration of law and order situation in the NC Hills district, security of life and property and solution to the Asom-Nagaland border problem were also put forth by the students’ unions.

They appealed to the State Government to reserve Grade C and D post in Government offices and institutions for the unemployed youth of the region. Further, they said that the Centre should initiate talks with the militant groups in order to solve the problem of militancy in the State. THE SENTINEL

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