AASU-ABSU announces movement for revival of education sector

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Guwahati, Oct 5 (UNI) The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) today announced a joint movement for the revival of the education sector in the state.

They also declared a massive agitation over the issue of detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis in the state, adding that the problem of illegal migrants be solved immediately.

The decisions were taken at a joint meeting between the two student bodies yesterday.

AASU advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya told the reporters here today that the education sector needed an immediate attention.

''The political leaders and top officials sent their wards to private schools and are blind to the woes of those studying in government schools,'' he added.

As the first agitation programme in this regard, AASU-ABSU would take out a joint 'Education Development rally' here in the second week of November.

''Agitation will be intensified in due course, depending on the response of the government,'' Dr Bhattacharyya added.

ABSU president Rangoura Narzary said, ''With the government, the public also has a role in development of the education sector. We will undertake an awareness drive among people through the rally.

The government must fulfill its duties.'' At the meeting on development of government-run schools, rationalisation and filling of vacant teachers posts were discussed.

Issues like appointment of permanent principals and head masters, introduction of new courses, provincialisation of venture schools, a separate directorate for Bodo medium schools, financial grant to the universities and removal of politicians from managing committees of educational institutes were also discussed.

Besides, the joint meeting also discussed issues such as unemployment, illegal migrants, compilation of the National Register of Citizens, clear demarcation and fencing of international as well as inter-state boundaries and speedy implementation of the Bodo Accord.

The flood and erosion problem, ST status demand of six communities of the state and peace talks with the various insurgent groups also figured in the discussions.

Highlighting the negligence towards the government schools, Mr Bhattacharya quoted a Centre's report indicating poor facilities in these schools.

UNI

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