Guwahati, June 16: Dispur appeared to be in a major jam over distribution of computers to those scoring 50 per cent and above in matric exams while AASU blocked National Highway 31 at Gauripur in Dhubri district today over alleged anomalies in the results declared yesterday.
Having started with the ambitious plan of awarding computers to all second division holders and then scaling it down to those who secure 50 per cent and above, Dispur is now thinking of trimming its plans further to include only those who opt for science stream at the Plus-II level.
The Telegraph had today reported that the government’s budget has gone for a six given the number of first division and second division holders and the sharp fall in the value of the rupee.
An official source said the government was still to figure out ways to deliver its promise while minimising the damage to the state exchequer.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Some clarity is needed on the second division front. It is being debated whether all those who secure 50 per cent and above should be covered under the scheme or only those pursuing science. We will give computers to first division holders by August-end but will spell out our plans for second division holders within 15 days.”
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had earmarked Rs 50 crore for the computer scheme in the 2012-13 budget but even by conservative estimates, the amount will more than double as the computers will be imported, sources said.
Sarma also said that the chief minister has decided to send all the six who figure in the top three to Nasa.
The minister said government schools have done better than last year and the Srinath Baruah committee, set up to suggest measures to reform the education system, would table its report on June 22.
In Gauripur, hundreds of AASU activists staged a blockade on NH 31 at Gauripur Bazar in protest against alleged anomalies in results and caning of students and guardians at Gauripur Girls’ High School yesterday.
Dhubri inspector of schools Abdul Kayum Al-Aman said he had sent an official to Seba headquarters in Guwahati for corrections and proper results were expected to reach all the schools in the district by Monday.
Probir Coomar Barua, president of Gauripur Sankardev Sishu Niketan, condemned the anomalies and said Seba should stop playing with students’ lives.