Assam Cong seeks early, pragmatic decision on board, HS exams

The appeal comes amid confusion among the student fraternity regarding the Assam board exams.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee has urged the state government to come out with an “early and pragmatic” decision regarding holding of the Assam board (Class X) and higher secondary (Class XII) examinations.

The appeal comes amid growing confusion among the student fraternity regarding the Assam board exams, with thousands of students embarking on a campaign on Twitter, demanding cancellation of the HSLC exam conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and HS exam under the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC).

In a letter to the chief minister on Monday, the Assam PCC president Ripun Bora appealed to the state government to immediately plan a mechanism or an evaluation scheme by deliberating with eminent educationists, students unions, students and other stakeholders.

Bora stated that in the prevailing COVID-19 situation, it is not feasible to hold the matriculation and higher secondary final examinations and that a mechanism or an evaluation scheme is imperative in order to cope up with the CBSE’s internal assessment.

“Further on that basis the examinations could be struck down for this year, in order to stop the loss of their extremely precious academic year,” he added.

“I believe you are aware of the fact that after the cancellation of CBSE examination across the country in view of the pandemic situation, many universities in the country have started the process of admission into higher classes. But in Assam, no final decision has been taken in regard to conducting the offline examination of SEBA and AHSEC till now,” Bora wrote.

He further pointed out that the education minister had made a series of announcements about holding the examinations, “but without any clarity, leaving the students, parents and teachers in uncertainty, distress and mental agony.”

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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