SIVASAGAR, June 15 - Attending a felicitation programme of the AASU at Sivasagar Natya Mandir today, Samujjal Bhattacharya, chief adviser of the student body, said that instead of �churning out some magic formulae� to upgrade the education system, the present State Government should take pragmatic steps to reform the SEBA and AHSEC, the examination process, the evaluation system and the overall school administration set-up. It will alleviate the fears among guardians and students with regard to unexpected results, loss of and damage to answer-scripts, and uncertainty relating to securing admission in the prestigious institutions across the country, he added.
Bhattacharya said that the majority of students failed in the HSLC examination this year and among the unsuccessful candidates, the majority were from government schools. It is no use blaming the teachers now, he stressed and suggested that the teaching methodology and techniques of private schools should be adopted in government schools too.
The AASU adviser criticised the Education Department for the pathetic condition prevailing in government schools and citing an example, Bhattacharya said that the Sivasagar Government HS School, the second oldest in Assam which was set up in 1841, has been running without a permanent principal and vice principal for over a decade. Teachers in other subjects have also not been appointed.
He urged the rank holders and others achieving distinction to choose such careers in future through which they can work in the greater interest of the people of the State. All that the students need is to combine their will power with perseverance and dedication, he said.
AASU education secretary Sarat Hazarika pointed out that 2,07,000 students who appeared in the HSLC examination failed this year, which was a great loss. Only 18 out of the 65 position holders are from government schools, which reflects on the quality of the government schools that have been plagued by shortage of staff and textbooks, non-retention policy and other issues.
The meeting was presided over by Ashim Dutta, president of Sivasagar AASU unit. The welcome address was delivered by Samiran Phukan, secretary, Sivasagar AASU. Among others, the meeting was attended by AASU office-bearers Surjya Bhuyan, Jitu Neog, Himen Barman, Jun Khound, Mridul Hazarika, Nilofar Rahman, Biren Saikia, Pradip Borgohain, Govind Phukan, Dipankar Saikia and Manas Kalita.
Bhattacharya and others gave away felicitation plaques and awards to about 100 meritorious students who achieved distinction in both the HSLC and HSSLC examinations this year.