Haflong: Demanding to conduct special TET (Lower Primary and Upper Primary) in both the twin hill districts, Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong, the Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU) submitted a memorandum to State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya through the Deputy Commissioner of Dima Hasao on Tuesday.
The memorandum signed by Sidut Naiding, president, and Pramith Sengyung, general secretary, Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU) central committee, welcomed the cabinet decision of the Assam Government to hold Assam TET 2019 examination after long gap of seven years.
“Dima Hasao district is situated in a remote area of the State where communication gap is the major problem in each and every aspect of development. Haflong Government College is the lone college which is providing education to the students with some of the semi-government colleges in the district. Most of the students of our district come from poor family background and it becomes impossible for them to go for higher studies to a distant place of their choices as they cannot afford to stay and pursue their studies. Most of the students are deprived of B.Ed. education as there is no B.Ed. institution in Dima Hasao district and the educated unemployed youths who were interested in teaching sector find it difficult to clear TET. On the other hand, the D.EL.Ed (Diploma in Elementary Education) in Dima Hasao district covers only few students due to lack of awareness among the students,” stated the memorandum.
The DSU leaders said that imposition of TET deprived the local educated unemployed candidates in the Sixth Schedule area where the autonomous council as the competent authority could hold the eligibility exam for the candidates to appoint them as teachers.
The DSU demanded exemption of B.Ed and D.EL.Ed in the TET examination 2019 for the ST (Hills) candidates, special TET for lower and primary so as to fill up the vacant posts in both the twin hill districts and cut-off marks for appearing in special TET examination for the ST (Hills) candidates should be 40 per cent and the mandatory pass marks should be 40 per cent for the ST (Hills) candidates. The DSU also demanded immediate steps to set up B.Ed.College in Dima Hasao district.