A day after the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) demanded the scrapping of the ‘erroneous Clause V’ of the notifications issued by the two committees constituted for the task, the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) staged protest demonstrations here on Saturday , demanding that the government revoke the controversial part of the evaluation formula announced on Thursday. SFI also opposed Clause V, which stated that the evaluated marks without exams would not be applicable for government jobs where class X and XII boards marks are substantially taken into account. This, student organization said, may ruin the prospects of many students who are willing to become teachers.
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“Our protest is against the recent announcement that marks given on the basis of the evaluation formula for class X and XII will not be considered when applying for state government jobs later. SFI terms this decision as a Tughlaqi Farman. Such a decision has put tremendous mental pressure on the students and also their future is at stake,” said Nirangkush Nath, general secretary of SFI Assam unit. SFI also accused chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of creating confusion among the students. Sarma, in a news conference on Saturday said, the students passing the exams with the evaluation formula won’t face hurdles in any other jobs other than qualifying Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET).
“The chief minister of Assam has told that the marks obtained through the evaluation will not be applicable for TET jobs. We would like to question whether the marks of the students passing CBSE will be usable? Moreover, can a student be predetermined to appear for TET just after passing class XII boards?” Nath said.
The SFI members protested throughout the state either from home or in public places maintaining the Covid protocols. In Guwahati, the protest was carried out at Guwahati Club Rotary from 2 pm where Nath, central leader Sangita Das and Kamrup district secretary Kalyan Buragohain were present.
The students’ body also said the formula developed for betterment and reappearance of class XII students is unacceptable and needs to be improvised.
“The formula designed for students who passed but want to reappeare for betterment or reappearance will be at a disadvantageous position,” Nath added.
Education minister Pegu told the media that he is ready for talks with Aasu. He said he would also discuss the matter with the All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) leadership.
Aasu president Dipanka Nath warned of street protests in case Clause V was not scrapped by the government. Both the leading students organizations joined several rounds of talks with the government to find an alternative to prolonged physical exams at the time of the ongoing pandemic.
“I have sent a message to Aasu to come to the discussion table. The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad is also invited,” Pegu said in Kokrajhar before scheduled talks with Absu on Saturday.