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Assam Board Exams News: Assam govt, state board on separate pages on Class 10, 12 exam


GUWAHATI: Contrasting views of the Assam government and the state boards on holding of Class X and XII exam has left students in a fix. While the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba) and Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) want to conduct the exam on time, the state government want to play the waiting game.

“If the Covid situation does not improve by May 2, even the board exams will have to be cancelled. We will observe the situation till May 2 but a decision on exams will be taken by the new government, if the Covid situation is found to be critical,” Himanta said, appealing to students to continue their studies.

He said the government is closely monitoring the situation in Guwahati, as the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district was showing highest daily positive cases that was heading towards the 1,000-mark as on Tuesday. Himanta said if the 1,000-mark is touched in Kamrup (Metropolitan) district, the deputy commissioner is going to declare all schools, colleges and hostels closed. “If the educational institutions and hostels will get closed down, how can the exams be held then?” he asked.

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AHSEC secretary Ramesh Chandra Chutia also appealed to students to be prepared for the exam. “We should continue preparations on a positive note. Unless the government takes a new decision on the exam rescheduling, the students should keep studying,” he said, appealing to students to abstain from protests demanding exam postponement. “As on date, we don’t have any plan to postpone the Class XII state boards,” Chutia said.

The state education board sources said they were going ahead with the exam-related works and would be prepared to conduct the board exams on time — May 11. Sources in the two boards said the distribution of exam materials, including answer scripts, to examination centres continues despite the Covid restrictions imposed in the state.

While students remain anxious, a section of them has been been demanading postponement or cancellation of the exams amid the surge in Covid cases. However, Himanta’s comments on Wednesday have come as a dampener. Seba is likely to convene an urgent meeting of the board members by this week to take their opinion on the exam schedule. A board member told TOI that they are unlikely to support cancellation or postponement of the Class X state board exam, if the Covid situation doesn’t deteriorate to a “very critical situation”.

According to a Tuesday night report issued by the state health department, there were 7,685 active cases while 1,651 new cases were detected in the state, with a positivity rate of 2.46%. “The system of internal assessment through online mode was not very successful in the state board affiliated schools, which are scattered even in the most remote and difficult terrain. If the matric exam conducted by Seba gets cancelled, it will be very difficult to assess the students,” the board member said.

The Gauhati University (GU), on the other hand, is working on an alternative mode for their upcoming examinations. The details of the mode and method of examinations will be notified shortly by the controller of examinations. “The examinations that had already started will continue as scheduled without any change of mode and method,” read a notification issued by the GU registrar.





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