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Improved education in TEs demanded

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 8 � Frustrated over the failure of successive governments to address an issue considered vital to their social and economic uplift, youth leaders of tea gardens have demanded immediate interventions in the area of education.

Cutting across the political divide, the young leaders point to the dismal performance of students from the tea garden community in HSLC and HS examination during the last decades, and agree that unless a new policy is adopted and implemented students in more than 800 tea gardens face a hopeless future.

Pallab Lochan Das, newly-elected member of the Assam Legislative Assembly told The Assam Tribune that there should be special emphasis on expanding school education in the tea gardens, where students are facing the greatest odds.

�There should be a policy to ensure that new schools come up with proper infrastructure and trained teachers,� he remarked, reasoning that in the absence of such facilities students do not have the learning opportunities which are available to their counterparts in other areas.

Das is of the view that schoolchildren in tea gardens should have access to textbooks in languages which are known to them. It is a hurdle when it comes to studying text books which are written in other languages, and they find it difficult even to grasp the basic concepts, he observed.

He is of the belief that any attempt to improve education in tea gardens should include initiatives to focus on women and the illiterate sections.

Emphasizing the importance of women�s education, he stated, �Women constitute the backbone of the family, and till the time they are left uneducated, significant improvements cannot be expected�.

According to Prahlad Gowala, president of Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA), a major challenge in promoting education is the absence of trained teachers and ME schools in tea gardens.

He also underlined the need to provincialise existing schools and to employ teachers from the tea garden communities on a priority basis as they were more aware of the problems facing the schoolchildren.

Other youth leaders admit that even though several members of tea garden communities have held ministerial posts, there has been little change in the educational prospects of students from tea gardens.

They believe that the new government in power should recognise the perennial problems endured by the youths and come up with effective interventions which empower them with knowledge and skills which make them employable in today�s competitive world.

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Improved education in TEs demanded

GUWAHATI, June 8 � Frustrated over the failure of successive governments to address an issue considered vital to their social and economic uplift, youth leaders of tea gardens have demanded immediate interventions in the area of education.

Cutting across the political divide, the young leaders point to the dismal performance of students from the tea garden community in HSLC and HS examination during the last decades, and agree that unless a new policy is adopted and implemented students in more than 800 tea gardens face a hopeless future.

Pallab Lochan Das, newly-elected member of the Assam Legislative Assembly told The Assam Tribune that there should be special emphasis on expanding school education in the tea gardens, where students are facing the greatest odds.

�There should be a policy to ensure that new schools come up with proper infrastructure and trained teachers,� he remarked, reasoning that in the absence of such facilities students do not have the learning opportunities which are available to their counterparts in other areas.

Das is of the view that schoolchildren in tea gardens should have access to textbooks in languages which are known to them. It is a hurdle when it comes to studying text books which are written in other languages, and they find it difficult even to grasp the basic concepts, he observed.

He is of the belief that any attempt to improve education in tea gardens should include initiatives to focus on women and the illiterate sections.

Emphasizing the importance of women�s education, he stated, �Women constitute the backbone of the family, and till the time they are left uneducated, significant improvements cannot be expected�.

According to Prahlad Gowala, president of Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA), a major challenge in promoting education is the absence of trained teachers and ME schools in tea gardens.

He also underlined the need to provincialise existing schools and to employ teachers from the tea garden communities on a priority basis as they were more aware of the problems facing the schoolchildren.

Other youth leaders admit that even though several members of tea garden communities have held ministerial posts, there has been little change in the educational prospects of students from tea gardens.

They believe that the new government in power should recognise the perennial problems endured by the youths and come up with effective interventions which empower them with knowledge and skills which make them employable in today�s competitive world.