License to Cheat?
Going by the present press conferences addressed by Congress president Rahul Gandhi where he is spitting lie after lie, one feels that the Nehru-Gandhi scion has acquired the license to cheat people. It is another pointer to the possibility that Rahul Gandhi at present may be not in a sound state of mind. The latest impasse created by him and his company in stalling the functioning of both the houses of Parliament at the cost of the tion's exchequer is another example of cheating the people of the country.
Another misadventure of the Congress chief by default is his alleged association with a tainted British firm in order to win the 2019 parliamentary polls. His association with the controversial firm may cost the tion's security severely. But the yuvraaj of the Congress is hardly concerned as his prime focus at this hour is to come to power in 2019 even if he has to apply a licence of sorts to cheat the people of the country.
Let Gutsav be an Eye-opener
Recently we got the results of the third and fil phrases of Gutsav. We thank our visiory education minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma for such an initiative.
There were grading systems like A+, A, B, C and D. But it's not clear as to what action plan the State government wants to undertake by applying such grades. We are well aware of the performance of the government-run schools in Assam.
On similar lines, can we expect something as reforms-oriented for private schools too? Private schools charge hefty fees for admission. There is no midday meal programme for students in such schools, nor are there any free uniform and textbooks. In a nutshell, everything is chargeable. Still, every academic session, parents crowd these private schools to get their children admitted.
In every budget, crores of rupees are allocated for education. But do we get the desired results? I hope the results of Gutsav would be an eye-opener for the education department of Assam.
Recently, in the convocation ceremony of Kaziranga University in Jorhat, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the State will soon become the 'education capital' of the entire Southeast Asian region. This is a dream that Sarma should have thought on very seriously before making a sweeping remark.
Education, in reality, is in a shambles in Assam. And who else but the minister himself who has recently admitted that the State has more than 2,700 single-teacher schools! This being the reality, this 'education capital' in the making would rather do well to invest its energy on ground issues: the right kind of infrastructure in government-run schools, including uninterrupted electric power supply, drinking water, and toilets. These should the main focus, not tall talks to take the people for a ride.