Assam Board Exam: The Assam government will decide on the final examinations of the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC or Class 10) and Higher Secondary (HS or Class 12) today. The state government will decide whether the board exams should be held this year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the state cabinet recommended not holding the exam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that the education department would take a decision after meeting with the stakeholders.
Sarma tweeted and wrote, “Final decision regarding HSLC, High Madrasa and HS final year examinations will be taken on June 18 in a meeting between Education Department and various other stakeholders. It was recommended by the cabinet that the examination should not be allowed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Sarma had last week said that if the examination cannot be conducted, then the school-based assessment will be considered for the promotion of students. Sarma had said on June 10 that the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) would conduct HSLC or matriculation and HS exams in mid-July if the COVID positivity rate falls below 2 per cent. Assam had recorded a positivity rate of 2.57 per cent on Tuesday.
Earlier, Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu had said that the students would be given the option of the paper and they would not have to appear for all the papers. He said that all examination invigilators and staff members would be vaccinated. The minister said that the examination process will end by August 15.
Demand for cancellation of Assam Board Exam
Assam students have moved to the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the High School Leaving Certification Examination (HSLC or Class 10) and Higher Secondary (Class 12) board examinations. The petition, filed by a group of students, states that they are being forced to appear for HSLC and HS exams amid a threat to their lives. “It is better to cancel the examination in the interest of the safety of lakhs of students and their parents,” the petition said.