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Tripura CM raps teachers

Agartala, June 17: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar yesterday vented his ire on performance of students at a programme organised by pro-CPM Tripura Government Teachers’ Association at Sukanta Bhavan to felicitate students who have figured in the top-10 merit list of Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinations.

“There is no reason to feel satisfied with the results. The overall pass percentage is 68.78 in Madhyamik and 76.81 in Higher Secondary examinations. No one will be inspired by such a poor show,” said Sarkar to a stunned audience last night.

He said over the past three years of TBSE’s exams, more than 30 per cent students who appear fail and this is a matter of “great concern and regret”.

A visibly agitated chief minister blamed the teaching community of the state and held them responsible for this dismal performance. “I hold teachers responsible because there is no dearth of infrastructure in the state. We have built infrastructure and are doing so still now, but what are you people contributing to the cause of school education?”

Sarkar also criticised the clamour being made by teachers and employees for higher sanction of DA, grade pay and central payscale.

“When you so resoundingly fail to deliver on your assigned tasks, these demands for central payscale, additional DA and grade pay smack of selfishness. You should rethink your plans and priorities,” Sarkar told the teachers.

He also referred to the fact that no student from 16 schools had passed Madhyamik examinations and said that teachers posted in various schools should also involve guardians of the localities for better school education by sensitising them.

“I appeal to the teachers to give their best and work as hard as possible to help students improve so that they can fare well in the board-level examinations.”