The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) is organising a series of awareness programmes for teachers vis-a-vis how to encourage parents to send their wards to Bodo-medium schools. The literary body is also taking initiative in context with teachers’ appointments and regularisation of jobs.
In this connection, the BSS organised a teachers’ awareness programme at Sidli Sirang HS School, Chirang, on Tuesday. A meeting held on the occasion was graced by the Assam Tourism Minister, Chandan Brahma, as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Brahma stated that he would “fully remain committed to the cause of promoting Bodo-medium schools and to this end, whatever assistance the BSS needs, I will extend.”
The BSS General Secretary, Prasanta Boro, asked the Education Department of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to “lay bare” before the literary body the various issues plaguing the Bodo-medium schools and also urged the Assam Government to “appoint teachers at the earliest in Bodo-medium schools”.
More than 500 teachers, management bodies of various schools in the area, academicians and representatives of the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) attended the teachers’ awareness programme. The president of the Chirang district edition of ABSU, Phanin Basumatary, also talked at length in the awareness programme.
Few days back, the apex literary body of BTC had also organised a Bodo-medium teachers’ awareness programme at Kokrajhar wherein ‘threat’ to the existence of Bodo-medium schools was discussed. The meeting had also discussed how the Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) was showing a “huge decrease” which was a “worrisome trend” and how the process of amalgamation and merger of schools was challenging the very existence of the Bodo-medium schools per se.