Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said that 56 percent of the students in Classes 3 to 8 in the state cannot read Bengali textbooks.
Deb, in a letter to the leader of the opposition Manik Sarkar had written that a recent data revealed the poor condition of the students during their formative years with 1,80,000 school children cannot read Bengali textbook.
The Chief Minister wrote, “The students should have learnt Bengali by Class 2. Also, 70 percent of students can’t do division in Mathematics which they should have learnt in Class 3.”
The CM further stated that the BJP government is struggling with the legacy of years of systematized and institutionalized neglect of quality education which got reflected in the data.
Deb had written the letter to his predecessor after Sarkar hit out at Deb over reports of privatization in management of schools and mid-day meals in some areas. He said that the schools were shut due to zero enrolment and that they have decided to allow a charitable trust to use these assets to establish English medium schools. But neither land nor buildings have been leased out.
Deb, while hitting out at Sarkar said that even the students in Classes 10 and 12 were struggling with the archaic syllabus which is not in tandem with the advanced syllabi in other parts of the country. He also said that the future of the children have been specified at the altar of political ideology and posturing.
The CM further stated that the fees of 25 percent of the children from the economically weaker section will be reimbursed under the Rights to Education Act adding that the examination system based on the grace mark has made the students dull and deprived them of providing inputs to be ready for competitive exams.