| Inmates of the camp in Jhagrarpar ME School in Dhubri district. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, Sept. 4: Thirteen-year-old Sahidul Islam had a baffled look on his face. After missing school for about a month after the riots struck, he was anticipating, though reluctantly, a similar fate on Teachers’ Day tomorrow.
“We used to celebrate Teachers’ Day in school but do not know whether we can celebrate the same tomorrow. It has been over a month that we have not been able to attend classes, with our school housing riot victims. We are missing the cacophony of school and friends,” the Class VIII student of Jhagrarpar Middle English School in Dhubri district said.
But the young teenager might just have what he and his friends are keeping their fingers crossed for — classes and Teachers’ Day celebration as a bonus.
“The Dhubri district elementary education officer has instructed us to conduct classes in the nearby Ambia Memorial High School in the morning from tomorrow. I have called an emergent meeting of the school management committee today to finalise things about starting classes from tomorrow and observe Teachers’ Day as well,” Hafizur Rahman, the headmaster of Jhagrarpar ME School, said. Rahman said his school had 364 students between Classes VI and VIII and all of them were being informed about the school’s reopening from tomorrow morning.
Like Sahidul, Ruksana Ahmed, a Class VII student of the school, said she had fond memories of last year’s Teachers’ Day but was worried that the same might not happen tomorrow. “We heard that our classes will be held elsewhere from tomorrow but where I do not know. If classes begin tomorrow, we will definitely celebrate Teachers’ Day.”
In the meantime, efforts are being made by the district administration to celebrate Teachers’ Day tomorrow even in schools housing the riot-displaced. However, alternative arrangements for schooling have been made for only 25 per cent schools in the district so far.
“The district administration has made alternative arrangements for running classes in 40 schools housing the inmates and heads of 128 schools have been asked to make arrangements elsewhere near their schools and start classes immediately,” an official source said.
Despite tomorrow being a holiday on account of Madhabdev tithi, all schools in the district, including those housing inmates, have been instructed to observe Teachers’ Day without holding classes and recording attendance. Dhubri deputy inspector of schools Anowar Hussain told The Telegraph that the schools had been given an annual grant to make alternative schooling arrangements.
The Dhubri district unit of All Assam Students’ Union today submitted a memorandum to Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita urging the administration to open the schools in the district which have remained closed for over a month for housing people displaced during the riots.