Barely a month to go for session-end, 8 lakh lower primary students of flood-hit schools now stuck with half-taught syllabus
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 11: Flood waters may have receded, but lakhs of students in government schools across the State continue to bear the brunt of the disaster.
More than 4,000 LP schools of the State were inundated during the recent floods and some 1,500 schools used as relief camps for the flood-hit.
According to Asom Rajyik Prathamik Sikshak Sanmilani (ARPSS) chief secretary Jiban Chandra Bora, the disruption has affected some 8 lakh students, who were out of school for more than a month.
"The teaching curriculum of LP schools starts in January. We completed half the syllabus in June after which the half-yearly examitions were conducted. However, the two waves of floods inundated over 4,000 schools in over eighteen districts, severely affecting the academic routine. These schools were under waters for more than 20 days. Other schools not much affected by floods were used as relief camps to shelter flood-hit people," he said.
Now, with only about a month left for session-end, teachers fear they may not be able to complete the syllabus and prepare students for the fil examitions.
According to the norms, if courses are affected due to floods, teachers can make up for it during holidays of the educatiol year later. However, teachers feel it will be a Herculean task, given the little time left.
"Last week of November, we will have to conduct the fil examitions and the students will not be able to prepare for it. We face this problem every year," Bora said.
The teachers association has in the past asked the government to arrange altertive places for setting up relief camps during floods, but the plea had fallen on deaf ears.