GOSSAIGAON, May 26 - The All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) and the Bodo Sahitya Sabha has been pleading with the State government for creating a good academic atmosphere in the Bodo -medium schools, but the present scenario does not inspire any confidence.
There are good arrangement fro mid day meal, buildings accommodation, furniture, infrastructure etc., but the main purpose of student enrolment is reducing day by day in these Schools.This has happened due to the craze for English medium schools by the wards and their parents. The direct impact of decreasing student enrolment in Bodo medium LP schools is that they are stepping closer towards closure.
Under Gossaigaon block elementary education in 468 No. Sahajuri LP School, there are 21 students. Among the students, three are in �Ka� class, five in class 1, two in class 2, five in class 3, four in class 4 and two now in class V. Against these 21 students, there are three teachers. As per the guidelines of Sarva Siksha Mission, the ratio of teacher and students should be 30:1.
To take another example, there are 24 students in the 721 No. Samaijhora LP School against two teachers. In Dhauliguri LP School, there are 23 students against two teachers. Again in No. 1 Bodo LP School, there are 18 students against one teacher. The same situation prevails in Kachugaon, Parbatjhora, Dotoma etc., block elementary level under the Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar district. Due to lack of adequate number of students, a good number of Bodo-medium LP schools are heading towards closure.
Bodo intellectuals and academicians say that this has been happening owing to the indifferent attitude of the guardians and wards in enrolling their wards in Bodo-medium schools due to the aggressive expansion of English-medium schools. This tendency has spread not only in the cities and town but in the rural areas also, they said.