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Himanta for better schools

Dhubri, Dec. 21: Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said Assam wants to remove the concept of venture schools from the state.

He was speaking at a function organised to distribute certificates of provincialisation to 474 lower primary and 62 upper primary schools of the district here today.

He said since Dispur had in March this year adopted the policy to provincialise all venture schools in the state, it had been doing so in a phased manner.

Sarma said the government had started with 10,000 institutions and regularised the services of over 25,000 teachers. He said the provincialisation of the 536 Dhubri schools would benefit 1,300 teaching and non-teaching staff. They will get salary arrears from January 2012.

Sarma expressed resentment that teachers had to cough up money to get their work done. “Don’t bribe any official or staff of the education department for salaries or any other work. How long can they hold the file? If there is a problem, come to me. I shall get your work done,” Sarma promised amid resounding applause.

He said it pained him to see the poor percentage of successful students in Dhubri schools and urged teachers to take care of students so that they could fare better.

He said private schools, where teachers were paid Rs 3,000 per month, were performing much better than government schools, where teachers were paid Rs 15,000 a month. This, he said, could not be accepted year after year. He said non-performing schools would be gradually closed and the teachers would be offered voluntary retirement.

He said the ministry had earmarked Rs 1 lakh for scholarship of Rs 5,000 each to be awarded to students of Classes V and VI in the state. But only Rs 63,000 could be disbursed this year because of lack of brilliant results.

The meeting was also addressed by parliamentary secretary and Golokganj MLA Abu Taher Bepari, former Dhubri MP Anowar Hussain and Assam Housing Board the chairman Wazed Ali Choudhury.

It was presided over by Dhubri additional deputy commissioner Mohen Saikia.