TEZPUR, July 19 - The All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) is happy with the performance of the Boro-medium students in the 2020 HSLC examination.
In a telephonic conversation with this correspondent, ABSU president, Dipen Boro said that the performance of Boro-medium students in the examinations has shown an upward trend, which is very satisfying to note.
�After Boro was introduced as a medium of instruction in 1963, the students have withstood many tough challenges,� he said adding that the ABSU has been able to successfully mentor and guide the Boro students of the region.
Speaking about the state of Boro-medium schools and its students, the ABSU chief said that along with other national and social organisations of the Boro community, the ABSU has also relentlessly been working to give a dynamic thrust to the Boro-medium students, because of which amidst a number of problems like poor infrastructure, lack of timely supply of textbooks, insufficient teachers etc., the students have gradually been able to give good performances in various examinations, including the HSLC examination, which is considered as the first important examination of their life.
�We feel that our children/students too have got talent, but they do not get the required exposure. Despite this, as a result of a series of various awareness programmes, like a five-year plan� educational movement, christened �Mission Quality Education 2006,� carried out by the ABSU till date, we have being able to get a better feedback in this line.� He added �though it is not sufficient in today�s competitive world, we are hopeful that in the days to come if the government comes forward with a positive intent to implement every clause, especially the educational points mentioned in the recent BTR/Peace agreement, then the Boro-medium students will get a facelift.�
Highlighting the academic graph since 2006 of the Boro-medium students in the HSLC Final Examinations, he said that year, altogether 66 students passed in the 1st division. �Maintaining a good trend, 58 students passed in the 1st division in 2007, 101 in 2008, 78 in 2009, 141 in 2010, 137 in 2011, 263 in 2012, 326 in 2013, 540 in 2014, 909 in 2015, 1174 in 2016, 1370 in 2017, 1266 in 2019 and 1304 students passed in the 1st division this year in Boro medium,� he said. He said that many Boro-medium students who couldn�t even clear their HSLC examinations due to various factors are today happy at the progress shown by today�s students. �We are really happy that our students studying in the Boro medium are shining in their higher education besides clearing many regional and national-level competitive examinations like the APSC, UPSC, NEET, JEE etc,� Boro said.
However, annoyed with government�s indifferent attitude towards the condition of these schools, he said that they are still plagued with a number of problems like inadequate teachers, poor infrastructure facilities etc. �A number of rosy programmes meant for educational development of the State are yet to reach many Boro-medium schools due to which Boro students are deprived from adequate education. There are still a number of Boro-medium schools today running with a single teacher. Moreover, there are many schools in forest villages where the government is reluctant to grant government aid, an act which violates the Right to Education Act 2009,� Dipen Boro said. Pointing out to the sorry state of these schools, Boro further said that a critical situation awaits many Boro medium students studying in zero teacher schools, single teacher schools, venture schools, and schools where the teachers� posts have not been provincialised and the lack of sufficient textbooks etc. �We demand that all these problems be sorted out soon so that the Boro-medium students can give further better performances in the near future�, he added.