ABSU Strongly Oppose The State Govt. Decision Of “No More School Provincialsation in Assam”

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KOKRAJHAR, JUL 28: The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) opposes the state government’s decision of “ no more school provincialisation in Assam”, and termed that it is against the interest of the mother tongue medium of schools and new education policy (NEP).

In a press statement issued to the media on Thursday, ABSU president Dipen Boro and general secretary Khanindra Basumatary have urged the state government to withdraw such decision after proper review.

The student union asks the government that in 6.3 of the BTR Accord signed on 27th January, 2020 it is clearly mentioned that “government of Assam will initiate measures to provincialise schools and colleges established in BTAD, and Bodo medium schools outside BTAD, as per special need and requirement. The state govt will also take measures to appoint lecturers in Bodo departments in Colleges outside BTAD as a special consideration.”

The student union said that for implementation of the clause of the BTR accord, a committee had been formed under the chairman of RC Jain, chairman SEBA with the directors of elementary, secondary, Higher and BTC director of education in 2020 but the process yet not started.

On 19th December (2021) a joint meeting with ABSU and Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) under the chairmanship of chief minister Assam held and decided to expedite the provincialisation process in phase manner and announcement had also made by chief minister in budget session 2022 to provincialise colleges of BTR. On 22nd June, 2022 it was also decided to resolve Bodo medium related education issues and to start provincialisation process at the earliest by education minister during discussion with ABSU & BSS. Unfortunately, the recent decision is surprised us without any intimation from the government either the spirit of the accord will maintain and expedite the process or the whole process of provincialisation has closed. Notably, the accord has passed two and half years. The Union appeals further clarification on this context from govt which never been acceptable.

On the other hand, the government decision to impose English medium invernacular medium of instruction in existing schools will affect the medium. A long way of movement for language and medium already been witnessed and martyred for the cause of medium of instruction. At this juncture imposition of English from class I to XII except MIL subjects is a disgusting and hypocrisy. It is our view that our student should read, write and speak English fluently. For this state government should take policy for parallel teaching and learning of English. But changing the language in most of the subjects in the name of quality and competitive exams is not a wise act. It will harm the mother tongue medium which is against the policy of NEP where it is clearly stated to give maximum priority of learning in mother tongue or home language.

The students union leaders demands to the state government to call the students organisations and apex literary organisations i.e. ABSU, BSS and All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) to discuss thoroughly on the matter before implementation.