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BTC appeal to ease norms

Kokrajhar, Sept. 16: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) will ask the Assam government for certain relaxation in education for the council area.

This was decided at a general meeting under the education department of the BTC at its conference hall to discuss various education-related issues.

These included creation of a separate directorate for Bodo-medium education, Section 4 of the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act, 2011, and relaxation of requisite qualification and pass marks for the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET).

Leaders of political parties (both ruling and Opposition), representatives of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Bodo Students Union, All Bodo Women Welfare Federation, principals and teachers of various schools and colleges and academicians attended the meet.

The BTC administration will meet chief minister Tarun Gogoi and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on September 19 or 20 to discuss these issues.

The meeting said the BTC, falling under the Sixth Scheduled areas, deserves some benefits and relaxation and the state government should provide these facilities.

It demanded that the number of years required for a school to be upgraded as a provincialised one should be lowered to five years from 10, as mentioned in the act.

It said to avail these facilities, the requisite pass percentage in matric examinations should be lowered to 10-15 per cent from the 30 per cent put by the state government.

The meeting also demanded relaxation of pass percentage for appearing in the TET — 40 per cent in case of ST candidates and 45 per cent for general candidates.

The Assam Assembly passed the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Bill, 2011 in July. The legislation seeks to provincialise the state’s venture educational institutions that got recognition on or before January 1, 2006.

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