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October 3, 2009

Don Bosco, Bagchung, Serpentine queue for admission

JORHAT, Oct 3: Scuffles broke out in a serpentine queue which formed in front of Bagchung Don Bosco for admission forms which were given today for the next session. Parents were seen waiting in line from last night, armed with bedding, water bottles, etc., for the gates to open so that they could be the first to buy the forms. It was reported that the supply of forms last year had got exhausted early and this was the reason for the queue to form the previous night itself.
It was alleged that some touts had also got into the act and were black marketing the forms. The lack of good government schools and few private Asomiya medium schools have forced parents to look to private English medium schools for a proper education for their wards.

In Jorhat district there are 1,500 government schools out of which 15 LP schools have closed due to lack of students. Another 253 schools are proposed to be amalgamated. Among the private Asomiya medium schools there are only three high-school level schools -- Dipankar Vidyapeeth, Jonaki Sangha and Balya Bhavan. The results of almost all the government sector schools can at the best be described as unsatisfactory with students of the private schools outshining their counterparts in government schools.

The demand for seats in Don Bosco, Bagchung has risen over the years as it has thrown up one or more position holders in the matriculation examination at regular intervals in the last few years. THE SENTINEL

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