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‘Bodo medium schools plagued by problems, government not keen to solve’

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KOKRAJHAR, June 2: Upendra National (UN) Academy, the best performing educational institution among Bodo medium schools in the State, will install CCTV in all classrooms within this month to ensure proper class and quality education.

The Director of UN Academy, Krishna Gopal Basumatary, while addressing the teachers, students and guardians on the occasion of felicitation of meritorious students who secured highest percentage in the 2018 HSLC and HS examination held at the school premises in Kokrajhar on Saturday said that he was not satisfied with the result of this year’s HS (Arts and Science) exam compared to previous years. He said the HSLC result was satisfactory as 111 students out of 168 got first division while the rest got second division. He said he was discontent while the result of the HS exam as number of first division holders was not at all satisfactory.

Basumatary said he was always uncompromising on quality of education and so he had changed his strategy and had adopted new mechanism to check the lapses in higher secondary level. He said from CCTV cameras would be installed in all classrooms from this month to keep a tab on how teachers were teaching and how much attention students were paying.

“I have already ordered 32 CCTV cameras initially to be fitted in the classrooms of Class XI and Class XII as first phase and they will be fitted within next week,” he said, adding that classes would be strictly monitored. He also said the teachers would be bound to attend the classes at 9.30 am and teach till 4 pm regularly. He further said there would be display board in the common room where the names of teachers available period wise would be written and in case of empty period; other teachers will take classes of their respective subjects.

ABSU president Promod Boro said the result of Bodo medium schools improved after the establishment of UN Academy and it was encouraging the guardians to enrol their children in Bodo medium. He said the ABSU had been monitoring the result of Bodo medium schools across Assam since 2006 by introducing Mission Quality Education. The result of Bodo medium was too poor but it was improving. Last year, over 1,300 students from Bodo medium got first division across Assam but this year 1,600 students got first division, he said, adding that the result of government schools was still not satisfactory. He credited the UN Academy, which has around 60 schools in Assam, for producing highest pass percentage with maximum first division holders. He called upon the students to concentrate on their studies through ‘connection’, ‘correction’ and ‘direction’ and also said that the ABSU would give more emphasis on students with less merit.

Boro said the Bodo medium students were facing a lot of problems in Assam. The Bodo medium students never get text books on time, there are no adequate Science, Mathematics and English teachers and most of the schools are still venture, he said. He added that the government had also failed to set up the separate directorate for Bodo medium which was a long-pending demand.

He also said there were lots of problems in Bodo medium but the government was not keen to solve the problems, rather it had a pathetic attitude towards Bodo medium in Assam. He, however, thanked the students and guardians who secured highest marks and passed the HSLC and HS examination with first division and distinction and letter marks. He further said the government should make the fee structure of the schools affordable so that all students from poor families could get higher education.

The UN Academy, Kokrajhar on Saturday felicitated the students who secured highest marks in HSLC and HS (Arts and Science) stream, distinction holders and star mark holders. The UN Academy, Kokrajhar awarded free education to Priyam Kr. Brahma, Rajendra Daimary, Khunthlai Basumatary, Nehemiah Narzary and Susmita Basumatary who secured highest marks in the last HSLC, HS (Sc.-XI), HS (Arts-XI), HS (Sc.-XII) and HS (Arts-XII) exam respectively and felicitated them with traditional aronai, pen and books. The school authority has refunded their annual fee.
 
Meanwhile, the felicitation ceremony was also addressed by former Rajya Sabha MP and chairperson of Board of UN Academy, UG Brahma and was also attended by the chairman of UN Brahma Trust and Principal of Janata College, Dr. Subung Basumatary and Associate Professor of Janata College, Dr. Adaram Basumatary who is also member of Board of UN Academy.

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