BJP criticises Goa Education Dept's circulars

Panaji: Goa BJP on Friday accused the state Education Department of "playing with the psyche of students", saying the two recent circulars on mid-term test paper pattern issued by it were "wrongly-timed".

BJP Goa chief Laxmikant Parsekar said the circular on 'Designing the pattern of mid-term test paper for Standard X' was issued after the question papers for the mid-term examinations are already set and given for printing.

"The examinations are happening in the first week of August and the department has sent circular today (July 29). The Education Department is playing with the psyche of students and teachers by such actions," he said.

Moreover, the department has decided to restructure the papers of the first term, second term and final examinations, he said.

"Similarly, the department has also issued instructions that those who have failed in two subjects in Standard XI, can avail the facility of ATKT and join Standard XII. This circular also came a month after the academic year has begun," Parsekar said.

Parsekar, a teacher by profession, said that a month of their academic year has been wasted due to delayed circulars.

BJP also condemned the frequent food poisoning through Mid-Day meal scheme launched for the students by the government.

"Political agents have bagged contracts for the scheme. These agents sub-let the contract to the agencies, who do not possess valid Food and Drug Administration licences," he said.

On June 15, around 52 students fell ill due to food poisoning, while this week, 12 students from Curtorim constituency had to be hospitalised.