DIPHU, Sept 09: Students organizations of the two hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao district have demanded that Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) be conducted by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council. The demand was stated in a press meet held at the District Press Club of Karbi Anglong here today.
While addressing media leaders of Karbi Students’ Association, Dimasa Students’ Union, Garo Students’ Union and Garo Cultural Society (GCS) demanded that TET should be conducted by both the council in exercise of its authority as empowered under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India urging both the council’s chief to constitute a TET Empowering Committee to ensure that quality education is not compromised.
The organizations also expressed their strong opposition to the Government of Assam notification issued on August 30, 2019 terming that the notification was contrary to the assurances given to social organizations of the hill districts by State Education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma in 2012. The organizations stated that the state education minister had assured organizations to hold Special TET for the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts. In a complete U-turn, the state government went ahead to conduct TET in which only 12 Karbis made it through out of the 438, reminded the organizations. Without holding talks with stake holders of the hill districts all TET related works should be stopped immediately effective from today, the organizations demanded.
Moreover, organizations of the hill districts also attacked the state government declared their strong opposition on the proposed move to affiliate all colleges of the hill districts under Rabindranath Tagore University Hojai asserting that the announcement by the state government was unilateral and taken without any consultation the state holders of the people of the hill districts and reasserted their demand for full fledged university of the Assam University Diphu Campus.
The organizations concluded their press conference demanding the state government to hold talks and consultations with all the stakeholders including both the autonomous councils.