GUWAHATI, July 17 – The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) staged a dharna at Dispur today demanding creation of a separate directorate of education for Bodo and other tribal languages and for a separate directorate of education under the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), among other issues.
BSS also submitted a memorandum to the State government seeking early redressal of their demands. It said that despite repeated reminders, the State government has failed to take action in these regards.
In the memorandum, BSS said that while Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had in 2011 declared plan to create separate directorate of education for Bodo and other tribal languages, “It is very unfortunate that it has not yet materialized. Even the Cabinet Memorandum has not been prepared and the file concerned is still pending in the Home Department since May 2, 2012.
“So, we demand necessary steps in the matter for materialization of the declaration with immediate effect.”
BSS also regretted that the directorate of BTC education “has not yet been created… and non-creation of this directorate has been creating some problems in implementing the various schemes and projects under Education Department of BTC. The concerned file is lying, in the Finance Department without proper action.”
BSS has demanded re-amending the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act, 2011, which was amended in 2012. “After amendment of the Act, many venture schools and colleges have been taken up for provincialisation of services but even then 50 per cent of the Bodo medium educational institutions have been dropped from provincialisation for want of land document, less enrolment and less percentage,” BSS said.
BSS also demanded provincialisation of all categories of venture Bodo medium LP, UP and high schools and colleges. “… as per RTE Act, 2009, more than 50,000 teachers have been appointed in the LP and UP schools, but the Bodo medium schools have been deprived from such facility due to non-allocation of posts separately for Bodo medium. On the other hand, the Rashtirya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is going to appoint teachers in the thousands of vacant posts by holding TET examination in the secondary schools,” it said.
BSS said that due to non-allocation of posts for Bodo medium and due to less number of candidates who were successful in the TET examination, “Bodo medium education has got no sufficient posts to fulfil the vacancies as required. Therefore, we demand allocation of sufficient number of posts separately for Bodo medium LP, UP and secondary schools.
BSS has also sought relaxation of norms of marks from 45 per cent to 40 per cent for Bodo medium candidates for appointment as teachers in LP and UP schools. “We are thankful that in principle, the Assam Higher Secondary Educational Council has agreed to introduce Bodo as a medium of instruction in higher secondary stage… we demand necessary steps for sanctioning adequate posts of teachers immediately for smooth functioning of the Bodo medium in HSS,” it said.
The BSS’s other demands are implementation of the RTE Act for education in mother tongue, provision of textbooks on time and implementation of Bodo as one of the official languages of Assam and to create ‘Bodo Official Language Cell’ with immediate effect, besides inclusion of the Bodo language as a language subject in the Prelims and Main examinations of Judicial Services of Assam.