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New venture schools may face CBI probe

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 13 � There is need for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into haphazard setting up of venture schools in some districts of the State immediately after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced a scheme to provide financial assistance to such schools, observed Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Replying to a call attention motion in the State Assembly today, the Minister said that as soon as the announcement of providing financial assistance to venture schools was made, the number of such schools almost doubled in some districts of the State including Hailakandi, Dhubri and Dhemaji etc. He said that there is a need for a thorough probe into the phenomenon.

Sarma said that the Government would seriously consider the well being of the genuine teachers of the venture schools and the process of screening of the schools and teachers for Provincialization of the jobs of the venture school teachers would start in April. He said that the Government would make necessary amendments to the Act for provincialization of jobs of school teachers if necessary. However, at the same time, he hit out against the teachers of venture schools who have been agitating and alleged that they have been trying to give a political colour to the whole issue. He also asserted that there is no need for the genuine teachers to come out to the streets to launch agitation.

The Minister said that the jobs of venture school teachers would be provincialized only after proper screening and pointed out that the teachers in some of the venture schools were appointed without any tests and no advertisements were issued for such appointments. If under qualified persons are appointed as teachers, it would demoralize the quality students, he pointed out.

Sarma said that political appointments of teachers over the years created a mess in the Education department and admitted that since 1975, teachers were selected by committees headed by Ministers and legislators. However, the Government this time ensured selection of quality teachers by holding the teachers� eligibility tests, he pointed out.

The Minister also admitted that many teachers encouraged students to adopt unfair means in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations after the Government threatened to de-recognize the schools which fail to obtain 30 per cent pass percentage.

Earlier, calling the attention of the Minister to reports about movements by venture school teachers, Aminul Islam (AIUDF) asked the Government to address the issues of such teachers.

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New venture schools may face CBI probe

GUWAHATI, March 13 � There is need for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into haphazard setting up of venture schools in some districts of the State immediately after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced a scheme to provide financial assistance to such schools, observed Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Replying to a call attention motion in the State Assembly today, the Minister said that as soon as the announcement of providing financial assistance to venture schools was made, the number of such schools almost doubled in some districts of the State including Hailakandi, Dhubri and Dhemaji etc. He said that there is a need for a thorough probe into the phenomenon.

Sarma said that the Government would seriously consider the well being of the genuine teachers of the venture schools and the process of screening of the schools and teachers for Provincialization of the jobs of the venture school teachers would start in April. He said that the Government would make necessary amendments to the Act for provincialization of jobs of school teachers if necessary. However, at the same time, he hit out against the teachers of venture schools who have been agitating and alleged that they have been trying to give a political colour to the whole issue. He also asserted that there is no need for the genuine teachers to come out to the streets to launch agitation.

The Minister said that the jobs of venture school teachers would be provincialized only after proper screening and pointed out that the teachers in some of the venture schools were appointed without any tests and no advertisements were issued for such appointments. If under qualified persons are appointed as teachers, it would demoralize the quality students, he pointed out.

Sarma said that political appointments of teachers over the years created a mess in the Education department and admitted that since 1975, teachers were selected by committees headed by Ministers and legislators. However, the Government this time ensured selection of quality teachers by holding the teachers� eligibility tests, he pointed out.

The Minister also admitted that many teachers encouraged students to adopt unfair means in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations after the Government threatened to de-recognize the schools which fail to obtain 30 per cent pass percentage.

Earlier, calling the attention of the Minister to reports about movements by venture school teachers, Aminul Islam (AIUDF) asked the Government to address the issues of such teachers.