Students suffer as Sonaram HS School in Guwahati remains closed for panchayat elections

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Students suffer as Sonaram HS School in Guwahati remains closed for panchayat elections

Saumya Mishra | December 10, 2018 16:00 hrs

GUWAHATI: Students of Sonaram Higher Secondary School in Guwahati are suffering as the school is being used by the Assam State Election Commission for the panchayat elections. The strong room has also been set up in the school.

Classes were called off in the school since November 26 till the end of elections. The vote counting will take place on December 12. However, the students of the school are set to undertake their annual examination December 20. 

Bulli Gogoi Bhuyan, the district elementary education officer of Kamrup (Metro), informed G Plus that in Guwahati, only Sonaram Higher Secondary School has been used for the panchayat elections. 

“The school will remain shut for 20 days due to the panchayat elections which will result in great loss for students, especially when their annual examinations are around the corner. This will also reflect in the poor performance for our school during Gunotsav next years,” informed an assistant teacher of the school. Gunotsav is an initiative of the state government which aims at improving the overall quality of education in primary schools.

Under the scheme, external evaluators consisting of the chief minister, other state ministers and officials visited and marked the schools. The overall assessment was based on academic achievements of students and co-curricular activities comprising the morning assembly, formation of student parliaments, use of library books by students, conduct of physical education classes, availability and utilisation of school infrastructure and other facilities, and participation of school management committees in school activities were a few criteria taken into consideration for the evaluation.
The teacher added that five teachers of some important subjects have been absent for the last two years because of NRC duty. 

Further, experts say that since teachers are usually involved in such government projects, it hampers the academic calendar. This, in turn, negatively affects the quality of education in government schools. 

At least 72% Guwahatians choose private schools over government schools, revealed a survey conducted by G Plus called ‘Let’s Talk Guwahati’. Around 10,000 people participated in this month-long survey from different localities of the city. 

When asked which school they would prefer sending their children to, between government and private schools, a whopping 72% Guwahatians voted against government schools saying they would prefer private school education for their wards. 

Around 75 per cent primary schools in the Kamrup (Metro) district scored low grades during the first phase of Gunotsav. According to data provided by the Assam Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Mission (ASSAM), a total of 708 elementary schools in the district were evaluated under the scheme, out of which 534 schools scored C and D grades.

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