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No conducive environment for HSSLC and HSLC candidates in relief camps

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KOKRAJHAR, Jan 3: The students languishing in the relief camps after the massacre in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts, especially those who are to appear for the Higher Secondary and HSLC (matriculation) fil examition to be held in February, have been affected badly as many could not take their books with them and the environment in the relief camps is not conducive for studying.

When this reporter visited several relief camps like Maiguri, Soralpara, Karigaon, Joypur, New Bashbari, Moslapara, Samsingkhela, Ultapani, Kachugaon and Patgaon, students, especially the HSSLC and HSLC examinees, lamented that they were not been able to study as they were living in panic and fear and there were no study rooms in the relief camps.

Mithisar Basumatary, who is appearing for the HSLC examition in February, said that they wanted to return home but due to the prevailing situation and lack of security, they feared being attacked. The examition is drawing close but they are not being able to prepare well.

Another BA third semester examition candidate Karishma Iswary said they wanted to return to their homes as there was no environment for studies in the relief camp and there were no tools even to read books. She said some extra attention was needed for the students appearing in the matriculation and HSSLC fil examition. She also demanded that the administration should tighten the security measure by setting security pickets and increasing the patrolling in sensitive areas.

A. rzary, parent of a student in North Saralpara said that the government should take strong measures for adequate security in their respective villages for returning to their homes. He also said that students, especially HSSLC and HSLC candidates, were the worst sufferers and the administration should think over it seriously.

Meanwhile, Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar on Friday said that the district administration had been thinking about the HSSLC and HSLC examinees. He said special arrangements would be made for them in the relief camps so that they could concentrate on their studies. He also said they had been surveying the pregnt mothers who were in advanced stage for proper care. He further said that such mothers would be brought to hospital for safe delivery.

On the other hand, the ABSU has also reportedly taken up initiatives for arrangement of separate accommodation for the students who are appearing in the HSSLC and HSLC fil examition.

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