Assam Class 10 and 12 board exams postponed after spike – Times of India

GUWAHATI: In view of the surging Covid positive cases in the state, Assam Class 10 and 12 state board exams have been postponed until further orders. Both Class 10 and 12 state boards were scheduled to begin from May 11, however, now they have been deferred until the health department gives a go ahead to conduct the exams.
“In view of the prevailing situation of Covid-19 in the state of Assam, it has been decided to postpone the HSLC/AHM Examination 2021, scheduled to be held from 11 th May, 2021,” read the notification issued by Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba) on Tuesday. The order mentioned that the revised schedule of the Class 10 board exams will be announced shortly after consultation with the state health department.
The positivity rate in Assam has been hovering between 8 and 10 percent, with the infection penetrating even into the remotest villages of the state. Even as a section of the guardians and students have been demanding the online mode of exams, Seba secretary Suranjana Senapati declined any possibility of conducting the Class 10 boards through the online mode. “Last year (during the lockdown), we saw that many students were left out of online classes. We have to think of students from weaker financial backgrounds who cannot afford online gadgets,” She said.
Synonymously, the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has also ordered the postponement of Class 12 boards on the same day. Citing the pandemic situation, the second wave of which is turning out to be even more deadly in the state, AHSEC officials said that they could not wait any longer for the state government’s instructions on the Class 12 boards.
AHSEC chairman Dayananda Borgohain said, “We will have to measure the merit of the students, not their wisdom. Otherwise, the results cannot be declared. Students must keep studying with a positive mindset.”
AHSEC had postponed the higher secondary first year final examination, 2021 scheduled from May 4 already, due to the pandemic situation.
Earlier, health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that any decision on exam postponement will be taken by the new government in the first week of May, after taking charge. But, considering the closure of educational institutions in most districts of Assam, which will continue for a while, the education boards were in a fix and ultimately had to put the board exams on hold.
AHSEC officials said that the decision was taken ‘independently’ by the board. “We have got signals that Covid cases are likely to surge in Assam in the days to come. There was, however, no official directive from the state government to defer the exams,” a senior AHSEC official added.
A record number of 4.40 lakh students were registered for appearing in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Assam High Madrassa (AHM) examinations under Seba this year. On the other hand, about 2.5 lakh students were about to appear in the Class 12 state boards under AHSEC. Seba and AHSEC had decided to curtail the contents of Class 10 and 12 state board exams by 30 percent in view of the academic losses incurred by the students after the Covid-19 breakout last year.

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