NAGAON: The State Education Minister Dr Ranuj Pegu attended the ongoing 66th annual conference of Assam College Teachers' Association (ACTA) here at Nowgong Girls'College on Monday. Referring to the new education policy 2020, the minister said it is a specific transitory period of time for state education and this new policy initiated by government, will boost the state education system like other states of India.
Pointing out the comparatively poor participation of students in study of science, he however stated that over 43 per cent of students in Bihar recorded the privilege to study in science stream whereas in Assam only a 14 per cent of students currently took admission in science stream.
Besides, noting the poor performance of the State in all India level competitive examinations, he urged the teachers' community to set up Self Entrepreneurship Cell and Career Counseling Cell in almost all higher institutions of the State.
Significantly, the minister also assured that all the issues or problems relating to the community would be settled soon. Besides, he ensured it too that the higher secondary level would be slashed from all colleges by 2023 sharply and it would be merged with high schools.
During the session, the teachers' community demanded to restore the old pension scheme instead of new pension plan for the college teachers. Local MLA Rupak Sarma also graced the occasion along with the minister.
More than 600 representatives and delegates from across the state participated in the conference. It is pertinent to mention that following the open session of the conference, the four day-long 66th annual conference of Assam College Teachers' Association (ACTA) will be concluded on Tuesday.
Meanwhile on his way back, Dr Ranuj Pegu also attended a felicitation programme held at Nowgong College (Autonomous) in the afternoon here. The programme was organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell of the college where Dr Sarat Borkatoki, principal of the institution chaired and coordinator to IQAC, Dr Bhuban Chandra Chutia anchored the entire programme.