Assam: ‘Threat to existence’ of Bodo-medium schools discussed in Kokrajhar teachers’ meet

One of the dignitaries speaking at the teachers' awareness programme. Photo Credit - Northeast Now

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The apex Bodo literary body, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) in collaboration with the Department of Education, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) organised  Bodo-medium teachers’ meet-cum-teachers’ awareness programme  at Debargaon Higher Secondary school in Kokrajhar on Wednesday.

The BTC Deputy Chief, Kampa Borgoyary, graced the occasion as the chief guest wherein various issues related to Bodo-medium education and improving the same and how students could do better results in
Bodo-medium schools were discussed.

The BSS General Secretary, Prasanta Boro, expressed concern over the fact that a large number of Bodo-medium schools in both elementary and secondary levels have been facing various problems – “the worrisome factor being that the Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) is decreasing day by day and the process of amalgamation and merger of schools have challenged the very existence of the Bodo-medium schools”.

Teachers from different schools, representatives from various Bodo organisations like the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), Boro Somaj, Bodo Primary Teachers’ Association, writers, intellectuals and social activists attended the programme.

The BSS president Toren Boro, Prasanta Boro, Director of Education, BTC, Rabisankar Borgoyary, the former president of the All Assam Tribal Sangha, Ranjit Kumar Borgoyary, and principals and headmasters of different schools attended the programme.

Talking to media persons, Prasanta Boro said that they jointly conducted a series of awareness programme of teachers which started at Deborgaon HS School conference hall under Titaguri Education Block in Kokrajhar.

Boro further informed that the BSS is taking up a series of teachers’ awareness programmes covering the four districts of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in collaboration with the Department of Education, BTC, wherein how to plug the loopholes in
Bodo-medium schools would be discussed. He also stated that the Sabha will hold a series of meeting in 17 nos of elementary education block office in the four districts of BTAD till July 30 next beginning Wednesday.

Rinoy Basumatary
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