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Absu plan for education boost

Kokrajhar, June 24: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) will organise a series of programmes for the development of education in the Bodo belt, including a teachers’ enclave and free coaching for competitive examinations under its Mission Quality Education initiative.

“We are taking up a series of programmes for the benefit of the student community and youths in the Bodo belt,” Absu president Pramod Boro said.

As part of the programme, the union will organise a teachers’ enclave in July in each sub-division of the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) to discuss quality education. Absu will also conduct a yearly free coaching programme for civil services and other competitive exams from August for aspirants in the area.

“We will conduct a test for the selection of candidates on July 13,” Romeo P. Narzary, general secretary of the union, said.

Registration forms will be available at all exam centres and Absu district offices till July 1. The last date for submission of forms is July 1 and admits cards will be issued from July 7 to 11.

Absu will also conduct a talent search exam for the students of elementary and secondary level and a career survey among students of Classes VIII to XII to provide information and career counselling.

The union has decided to institute a best teacher award in honour of noted litterateur, scholar and Bhasha Sanman awardee Madhuram Boro from this year.

The Chirang district committee of the Absu has expressed resentment over non-fulfilment of its demands pertaining to Bodo-medium education.

In a press release, district president Phanin Boro said, “We have been demanding since long to solve the educational problems in Assam but the state government has not shown any interest to solve them. The results of the HSLC exam in Chirang district, with a 29 per cent pass rate, are the result of the failure of the government to implement our demands.”

He demanded that all venture schools and colleges be provincialised immediately, all TET-qualified candidates be recruited, appointments to vacant posts in provincialised institutions be sanctioned and the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Bill, 2011, be amended immediately in the next Assembly session to resolve all educational problems.

He warned the union would take up another agitation programme unless the government fulfilled its demands.