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Assam board cancels class 11 exam amid Covid threat


GUWAHATI: The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) on Monday announced promotion of all registered class 11 examiness without exams, due to the pandemic situation which is hardly showing any sign of betterment. Last year too, the class 11 exam was not held in the state due to Covid situation.

In a notification issued by AHSEC controller of examinations, Pankaj Borthakur stated that the higher secondary first year (class 11) examination has been cancelled. Earlier, the exam was scheduled to start from May 4 but was postponed by the board fearing virus infection.

“All the students, who have filled up online applications for the same are hereby declared to have been promoted to the HS 2nd Year Class for the academic session 2021-22,” read the notification.

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Around 2.4 lakh students registered themselves for the class 11 exam conducted by the AHSEC. The board has already put on hold the class 12 state board exam, but said that the final year students won’t be promoted without exams. The class 12 exam was likely to be held in February-March. However, as per the directive of the state government in view of the state elections, it was rescheduled from May 11.

AHSEC secretary Ramesh Chandra Chutia told TOI that the board will soon streamline the process of online classes for the students who have got the promotion. “We are planning to start the online class for the class 12 batch from around May 15. Due to the pandemic situation their studies should not face a roadblock. No one knows when the Covid situation will improve,” he added.

The CBSE may take some bold decisions on June 1, which may result in further postponement of the class 12 boards. In Assam too, similar decisions may be taken even before June 1, education department sources said.

The state education boards- AHSEC and Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba)- were waiting for the new government to take charge, before taking a decision on postponement of the class 10 and 12 state board exams. However, the spiraling number of cases compelled the education boards last week to announce postponement of the exams until further orders.

Nevertheless, both AHSEC and Seba are firm on conducting the exams, even after a prolonged delay. As online mode is no option in the state with difficult terrain where internet connectivity is a major hurdle, Chutia said they are still ready to conduct the exam through offline mode at any moment.

“Already we have added 49 more exam centres to maintain distancing, if the exams are held. For those students, who won’t be able to travel long distances, we are ready to conduct the exam in recognized centres near their home. But sanctity of the exam won’t be compromised in the name of Covid,” Chutia said.





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