LAKHIMPUR: Though the decision taken by the State Government in order to hold Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in the State after a period of seven years has brought a ray of hope to the lakhs of unemployed youths, some imprudent decisions were taken regarding the issue which have also provoked massive reaction among the aspiring candidates at the same time.
As clear example of such decisions, the Education Department of the State has not set up any TET centre in Dhakuakhana subdivision in Lakhimpur district. Though the Department concerned has covered various towns and places under all the districts of the State, the Dhakuakhana subdivision has been deprived from any TET exam centre. The issue has provoked strong reaction among the D.El.Ed and B.Ed qualified TET candidates under the subdivision.
Regarding the issue, a protest meeting was organized under the auspices of these aggrieved candidates and Dhakuakhana regional unit of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) at the Dhakuakhana Normal School premises on Tuesday with Raj Kumar Doley in the chair. Reacting in the meeting, a TET candidate, Deba Kumar Gogoi expressed his resentment over the issue. “It is unfortunate that the Education Department under the State Government has not set up any TET exam centre despite Dhakuakhana being a hub of educated persons and an old subdivision. Arrangement is under process to establish at least 36 TET exam centres in the district from Chaoldhowa to Pothalipahar, but step-motherly attitude has been taken towards Dhakuakhana with regard to the issue. Under such circumstances, the TET candidates under the subdivision will face massive communication problem attending the exam centres on time because the distance between North Lakhimpur and Dhakuakhana subdivisional headquarter is more than 80 km. Moreover, the subdivisional headquarter itself is 40-45 km away from the border areas of Dhakuakhana,” stated Deba Kumar Gogoi in his speech.
On the other hand, the secretary of the D.El. Ed and B.Ed Pass Trainees’ Forum of Dhakuakhana, Rajib Baruah said, “The Education Department conducted survey on the infrastructure of various educational institutions under the subdivision in order to hold TET on November 10. In this regard, the heads and management of these educational institutions extended due co-operation and submitted reports to the Education Department. Yet no TET centre was set up in the subdivision. The Education Minister and the department concerned should still take initiatives to set up TET centre in the subdivision considering the communication problems to be faced by the TET candidates under the outreach areas of the subdivision.”
In this regard, Dhakuakhana AASU finance secretary Dilip Kumar Konwar, Tankeswar Gogoi, Rijumoni Hazarika, Banshree Gogoi and Dinamoni Saikia also spoke in the meeting expressing their resentment over the issue. The protest meeting decided to submit memorandum to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya and P&RD Minister-cum-Dhakuakhana MLA Naba Kumar Doley demanding the establishment of TET centres in the subdivision.
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