Education sector in need of reform: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Jun 3: Expressing serious concern over the poor performance by the state’s students in the CBSE examinations, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has urged the state government, “particularly the education department,” to pull up their socks and take reformative measures to ensure that such results are not repeated in the future.
“This is a collective failure of the whole Arunachal society,” the APPSU stated in a press release on Sunday. “However, the major share of the blame must be gracefully accepted by the state government and the education department.”
The union lamented that no concrete measure has been taken despite numerous appeals made by the apex students’ body to revamp and overhaul the education sector, including streamlining teachers’ posting.
Passing resolutions in the state cabinet alone will not serve any purpose till the government looks seriously into the implementation part, it said.
“The education directorate must review the whole working system of the education department and issue directive to all the DDSEs in the districts to up their ante against absentee teachers and bring discipline in school campuses, such as by banning mobile phones in the school premises during school time.
“The directorate must also ensure that engaging of teachers in non-teaching duties must be forbidden immediately. The government must recall all the subject teachers deployed as district project coordinators, SPOs, BRCs, and CRCs of SSA and RMSA flagship programmes and facilitate their return back to the classrooms for teaching,” it said.
The union exhorted the stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, student organizations and CBOs to introspect and find ways to improve the dismal education scenario in the state.
The AAPSU also demanded that the state government expedite the recruitment process for the much-touted creation of 1309 teaching and non-teaching staffs, which it said was “emphatically announced by the state government in October last year, but is yet to see the light of day, owing to reasons best known to the department.”