Students in relief camps stare at board exams

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Shillong, Feb 2 (PTI) Authorities in Meghalaya arescurrying to ensure that the scores of students displaced inthe recent ethnic clash do not miss their ensuing board exams.

According to official estimates, there are over 200students in the relief camps at Meghalaya''s East Garo Hillsdistrict and the neighbouring Goalpara district of Assam, whowould appear for their class X or XII board examinationsslated to begin from the first week of March.

Top officials of the Meghalaya Board of SecondaryEducation (MBoSE), led by its president, are scheduled tovisit the violence-hit Mendipathar area of East Garo Hillsdistrict tomorrow and would hold a meeting withrepresentatives of various schools to assess the situation.

They also plan to meet school inspectors the next dayin a bid to chalk out plans to ensure that the students hit bythe clashes do not lose an academic year.

Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said the board wouldfirst make provisions for duplicate admit cards to thestudents and may consider setting up a special examinationcentre for the displaced students.

An additional district magistrate of Meghalaya wouldbe visiting Assam''s Goalpara today where several families havefled in the wake of violence.

He would prepare a list of the students taking shelterin the relief camps there, the DC said, adding a similarsurvey of the students is also being carried out in Meghalaya.

About three schools were burnt down by miscreantsduring the clashes between January 1 and 9 in Meghalaya.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection ofChild Rights has also asked for a status report of thechildren in the relief camps.

Officials said the commission would pursue aid andassistance from the Centre for these displaced children.

Currently in East Garo Hills district, there are eightrelief camps housing 1774 people.

Around 8,000 people who have fled to Assam are yet toreturn and are in relief camps there.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross has also done a survey of therelief camps and is expected to extend aid to the displaced.

Ram Krishna Mission is also helping the relief work.

The DC said government compensation of Rs 10,000 toeach family and CGI sheets would be distributed within acouple of days.

At least 12 people were killed and over 50,000displaced in the ethnic clashes in both the neighbouringdistricts of Assam and Meghalaya.

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