JORHAT, Feb 22: An analysis of educational background of sitting MLAs of Assam by New Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that the maximum per cent of lowest qualified MLAs, that is having an education from Class 6 to only higher secondary level belonged to the AIUDF (6 out of 14) and the percentage of highest qualified that is graduate and above were from Asom Gana Parishad (11 out of 13).
Twenty four of the 59 elected BJP MLAs were also educated up to the class 12.
Congress MLA Jamal Uddin Ahmed from Badarpur had the lowest educational qualification, having studied only upto class VII and the highest qualified were AIUDF MLA Rafiqul Islam from Jania and BJP MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma from Jalukbari, both doctorates.
The report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) further said that out of the 119 MLAs, 44 MLAs that is 37 per cent had declared their educational qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass while 74 MLAs that is 62 per cent had an educational qualification of graduate or above. One MLA is a diploma holder.
The two other MLAs who had studied to only high school level were AIUDF MLA Aziz Ahmed Khan from Karimganj South constituency and AIUDF MLA Nizam Uddin Choudhury from Algapur constituency, both of whom had only passed class 8.
A break up of the party wise educational details of MLAs revealed that 43 per cent AIUDF MLAs (6 out of 14), 41 per cent BJP MLAs (24 out of 59), 35 per cent INC MLAs (7 out of 20), 33 per cent BPF MLAs (4 out of 12) and 15 per cent AGP MLAs (2 out of 13) have qualification between 5th pass and 12th pass.