Assam to convert dissolved Madrassas into general schools

Assam to convert dissolved Madrassas into general schools
Himanta Biswa Sarma
GUWAHATI, MAY 19 (AGENCIES): | Publish Date: 5/19/2021 2:39:30 PM IST

 Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday directed to immediately initiate the process of transition of dissolved Madrassa to general schools.

The previous BJP led government brought a law which converted all the government-run Madrassas into Upper primary, high school and higher secondary school, The Economic Times report stated.

Sarma took a comprehensive review of the functioning of the Education Department in presence of Education Minister Ranoj Pegu and Finance Minister Ajanta Neog with officials of the department in a meeting and laid stress on development of the basic fundamentals related to the governance in the schools for quality delivery of education to the students in a wholesome manner.

Stating that the Education sector will be accorded the topmost priority and all functionaries of the Education Department must dedicate themselves for the overall upliftment of the education sector, Sarma directed to strictly enforce Transfer and Posting of Teachers as per the provisions of the “Assam Elementary and Secondary School Teacher (Regulation of Posting and Transfer Act) 2020.

He suggested developing software immediately to execute the transfer and posting of teachers through an Online Portal which would also include merit based preferential choice of posting against vacancies.

Sarma, while giving a direction to immediately initiate the process of transition of dissolved Madrassa to general schools, asked the officials to ensure recruitment of teachers on priority basis particularly in provincialised and government schools and meeting up of periodic gap. He further asked the department to empower the Head of the Institutions to periodically and instantly fill up the vacancies on need based basis. The Chief Minister also suggested constituting independent recruitment boards for Poly Technic and Engineering colleges for expeditious filling up of vacancies.

Further instructing the department to operationalise new Model Schools and evolving a policy for teachers’ retention, the Chief Minister directed to create posts in the newly established upgraded schools in Tea Garden areas where the PWD had completed the construction.

Moreover saying that recruitment of College Teachers should be a continuous process, the chief minister directed to immediately complete civil construction gaps identified during “Gunotsav”. He asked the department to conduct Gunutsav in 2022. 

Sarma also directed creation and recruitment of administrative and other posts for the newly created Districts and Education Blocks, besides streamlining of distribution of free text books for ensuring timely availability of free text books and developing e-text at the earliest by Assam Text Book Production and Publication Corporation Limited.

Sarma also directed the officials to ensure that all newly provincialised Teachers and Tutors draw their salary by 1st of June and distribution of Scooty that is pending is completed by 15th of June this year.

He also asked the Education Department to examine to bring all the Elementary level contractual Teachers under one umbrella, which may be the Directorate of Elementary Education.


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