GUWAHATI, Feb 7 � Thousands of teachers under the banner of Assam State Primary Teachers� Association on Saturday staged a dharna at Rajgarh Bihutoli in Guwahati demanding improvements in the lower primary educational system.
Almost all the government lower primary schools of the State were closed on the day due to the teachers� protest.
Addressing the gathering, Rampal Singh, president of the All India Teachers� Federation, said that all the school teachers across the State should have the same pay scale and same standard and quality of education.
Jibon Chandra Borah, general secretary of the association, speaking on the occasion said that the decision to bring Class V under lower primary education, without creating the necessary infrastructure and recruiting adequate teachers would create immense problem and the quality of education would suffer as a result.
�This decision of the State Government, taken in haste, has made both the students and their parents apprehensive about the quality of education,� he mentioned.
�Problems like shortage of teachers, classrooms, educational tools etc., have already gripped the lower primary education of the State. In such circumstances, adding another class, without upgrading the infrastructure would create utter disarray in schools,� he added.
The teachers also asked the State Government to provide the schools with sufficient textbooks.