|Teachers take part in a demonstration in Sivasagar on Thursday. Picture by Kongkon Bora
Jorhat, Sept. 5: An angry crowd manhandled the headmaster of a Majuli school today for rebuking students and turning them out for allegedly not bringing along Teacher’s Day gifts.
Kamal Bora, the headmaster of Pitambar Dev Goswami Girls’ High School at Garmur on the river island, was shoved around by angry guardians and residents of Madhupur and Putuki villages after some students walked out of the school in tears and complained to people of the locality that he had rebuked them for not celebrating the day in a befitting manner by bringing gamosas and xorais for the teachers.
Bora admitted to having scolded the students but categorically denied having demanded gifts from them. “I asked them that since it was Teacher’s Day today, what arrangements had they made to celebrate the occasion? Since most of them had nothing to say, I told them to leave, as there would be no classes,” he said.
Dilip Gam, a parent, said according to his daughter, the principal had said, “Those who do not know how to respect teachers on a day like today should immediately get out. Things will get bad if I pick up the cane. In other schools, students celebrate the day by showing respect to teachers by giving gamosas and xorais.”
Gam said this had upset the girls, who felt belittled on being compared to students of other schools. They came out in tears and reported the matter to people in the locality. He said the school was in a rural area where most residents were too poor to buy gifts.
Jorhat inspector of schools Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said, “We will conduct an inquiry if a complaint is lodged with us. If the headmaster asked the girls to leave because they were not observing the day in a befitting manner, it was wrong, as it was not a holiday today.”
The Sivasagar District Primary Teachers Association boycotted Teacher’s Day and held a demonstration at Boarding field in Sivasagar town today demanding regularisation of the jobs of 1,476 schoolteachers in the district.
The protest follows state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s recent remark about discontinuation of services of irregular teachers, as the high court had deemed their recruitment illegal.
The government had recruited 1,528 excess teachers in the district between 1991 and 1999. “Many of them have since died or retired but the remaining 1,476 stopped receiving salaries since February 2012,” said the association’s president, Thanu Buragohain.
Honour: Snigdharani Gogoi, headmistress of Simaluguri Girls’ High School in Sivasagar district, was one of the teachers honoured by the President on Teachers’ Day.
Arunachal event: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki today urged teachers to dedicate themselves to imparting quality education, reports PTI.
“Arunachal needs good, committed, hardworking, sincere and dedicated teachers with the best of minds,” Tuki said during a Teacher’s Day event at Itanagar this morning. “Teachers are the cornerstones of our future and act as foundations for creating responsible citizens and good human beings,” he added.