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Teachers seek changes in act

Guwahati, Dec. 28: The Assam High School Teachers’ Association has demanded further amendment of the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act, 2011, even as the January 1 deadline to implement it draws near.

Rajen Sarma, who was re-elected the secretary of teachers’ association during the annual convention of the association at Tinsukia today, told The Telegraph that the act to provincialise the venture schools was silent on certain important issues.

“The act is silent on the exact definition of mixed medium schools, particularly for Barak Valley. For example, there are many Bengali-medium schools in Barak Valley where the number of non-Bengali students is quite significant. Besides Assamese, students speaking Manipuri and Hindi are also studying in these schools. But these schools have only permanent teachers’ posts for Assamese. The provincialisation act must create provincialise posts for all Modern Indian Languages as recognised by the Constitution,” Sarma said.

The legislation seeks to provincialise the state’s venture educational institutions that got recognition on or before January 1, 2006.

The prime objective of the act was to provincialise the services of different categories of employees, both teaching and non-teaching who are serving in non-provincialised (popularly known as venture) educational institutions in the state, in a phased manner.

Provincialised educational institutions are aided by the state government and their staff are government employees

Around 400 colleges and 16,000 schools will be provincialised under this legislation.

“We will not disrupt the process of provincialisation, which will start from January 1. The association has only demanded that loopholes in the act must be removed or amended. Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who attended the conference assured us that he would look into our demand,” Sarma said.

The teachers’ association has also appealed to all teachers to extend their co-operation in smooth conduct of the ensuing matric and Assam high madarasa examinations.

“The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, must also chalk out a mechanism for smooth conduct of matric instead of blaming teachers all the time for alleged wrong evaluation. No teacher wants to make mistakes in evaluation of answer scripts,” Sarma said.

Sarma said the power tussle in Seba must be stopped for the greater interest of the students.