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Thursday , October 18 , 2012
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Students jittery over few classes

Dhubri, Oct. 17: Aditi Das, a science stream candidate for higher secondary exams, is extremely jittery as neither regular nor practical classes have been held in her school for the past three months as it has been housing riot-hit people.

“It’s hard to prepare for the exams as regular or practical classes have hardly been held in the school since July. I have studied at home, but without practicals, my efforts might not yield good results this time,” Aditi, a bright student of Rokakhata Higher Secondary School in Bilasipara town in Dhubri district, said.

Aditi is not the only one. More than 1,800 Higher Secondary (science) and High School Leaving Certificate (science) candidates, who will take their final exams in February and March next year, are suffering this fate, which may adversely affect their academic career.

An official source said of the 12,792 students enrolled in the 35 higher secondary and high schools housing riot victims in Dhubri district, nearly 1,700 candidates are going to appear for HS exams and over 3,000 candidates for HSLC exams.

Forms for HS exams have already been filled up by the candidates and were sent to the education council, which conducts the examination, two weeks ago.

Filled-up forms for HSLC exams were submitted to the District Examination Centre in Dhubri Government Boys’ Higher Secondary School yesterday, sources said. The school’s principal, Sankar Pada Sanyal, said around 3,000 forms had been submitted.

“Around 3,000 candidates will appear for the HSLC examination from schools where riot-hit people are still taking shelter. The accurate number will be known only after scrutiny of forms,” he said.

A source in the Dhubri inspector of schools’ office said altogether 37 high and higher secondary schools, including four junior and senior colleges, in Dhubri district were housing the riot-hit people. “However, two senior colleges do not come under the administrative control of Dhubri Inspector of Schools. So, the total enrolment of 35 schools are 12,792,” he added. AASU organising secretary Putul Roy Pradhani expressed concern over the future of the HS and HSLC candidates and demanded special coaching and practical classes for them.

He alleged that till last month, state and central leaders and high officials were making a beeline to visit the camps but since last month none — Delhi, Dispur or the district administration — is taking the problems of the camp inmates seriously. While they maintain a stoic silence, the academic career of over 60,000 students, including those living in the camps, is in jeopardy.

Pradhani said about a month ago the district administration had said 1.5 lakh riot-hit people were sheltered in 170 schools of Dhubri district. In the past month, 40,000 people have reportedly left the camps but administrative officials have no record on them.