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Failure to appoint sufficient teachers flayed

By Correspondent

TEZPUR, Feb 11 � Adviser of the All Assam Students� Union, Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharjya has flayed the Education Department for not appointing sufficient teachers across the State which has affected education at all levels.

Participating in a symposium on �The way to quality education, socio-economic and land right conducted by Asstt Professor, Department of Boro, Dhekiajuli LOKD College, Dr Tulan Mochahari, at the 47th annual session of the ABSU held here at Gwjwn Fwthar, Dr Bhattacharjya as resource person said that now the thought of the common Assamese and the Bodo people to achieve quality education through quality educational institutions, so that proper employment could be generated, should get top priority. Praising ABSU�s way of functioning and its incomparable discipline, he said that the AASU workers are inspired from it and in the long run they will try to implement the same on the AASU platform. Citing the example of the Vietnamese, who maintained continuity in the field of education even during the peak time of war, Dr Bhattacharjya said that the Bodos have to take forward their educational mission amid tough challenges of time.

Stressing that a child should be given education in his or her mother tongue, Bhattacharjya stressed on development of proper infrastructure in primary education. �Many vernacular medium schools are running with a single teacher, because of which our children reach class IX/X without knowing how to solve the problems of subtraction or addition and in this way generation after generation is being parlaysed intellectually.� He said that since primary education is the main base of education, proper development of the same is an urgent need of time. Holding the Education department responsible for not being able to appoint sufficient teachers at the primary-level schools in the State, he said that though SSA was expected to do well in the primary education sector, it has failed.

He said that for higher education also there are insufficient educational institutions in the State. He said, �One lakh (1,00,000) students avail facility of education in different government institutions in Andhra Pradesh, but in Assam that is still a dream. Even today, 100 posts of teachers in different departments in GU, 80 posts in DU and about 400 posts of college teachers are lying vacant, because of which our students are affected.� The general secretary of Tribal Sangha, Aditya Khaklary, and former Rajya Sabha MP UG Brahma among others also spoke on the subject.

The programme was followed by a cultural, exchange function which was inaugurated by noted artiste, Prithiraj Rabha. He said in his speech that culture is the only way which can strengthen brotherhood among the communities.

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