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All roads lead to education reforms
- No marks on viva to prevent favouritism

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi launches the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan, Assam, at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshtra in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, April 8: Dispur has decided to do away with the system of allotment of marks for viva voce during appointment of teachers in Assam to root out favouritism.

Speaking at a function on Rashtriya Madhayamik Siksha Ahhijan, Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said most of the teachers’ appointments in the recent years was political, which has adversely affected the education system in the state.

He said the government wants to stop such appointments and will initiate various measures to stop political interference in recruitment of teachers.

“We have already removed the system of allotment of marks for viva voce in the teacher eligibility test for lower and upper primary schools. The same will be applicable in the case of teacher eligibility test for high schools. Slowly, the government will stop allotment of marks in the interviews for appointment of college and university teachers as well. In the existing system of allotment of marks for viva voce examinations, politicians take advantage of the situation and manipulate the exams to facilitate appointment of their favourite candidates as school and college teachers,” Sarma said.

He said the Rashtriya Madhayamik Siksha Abhijan is aimed at providing access to quality secondary education, especially for the economically weaker section of society, girls and physically challenged children living in rural areas, other marginalised people and educationally backward minorities.

“The government is framing rules under the Right to Education Act to control the private schools and force them to enrol 25 per cent of their total students from economically weaker sections of people. Private schools will have to cooperate for successful implementation of the Right to Education Act,” the minister said.

He said Assam would be only the state in the country to launch a higher education mission after the implementation of Assam Sarba Siksha Abhijan and Rashtriya Madhayamik Siksha Ahhijan.

“The present government has taken up the ambitious and difficult task of bringing about reforms in the education sectors. There will several hurdles in the path to reforms. We will have to overcome the hurdles. Many people are telling me not offend teachers because it would have adverse impact on my political career. But I have decided to take a risk and continue to pull up those teachers who are not sincere,” Sarma said.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi while launching the Rashtriya Madhayamik Siksha Ahhijan said his government would a lot of energy and money to bring about reforms in education.