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Cancel Assam Board Exams: Students demand Class 10, 12 exams be scrapped, decision to be announced soon

As 1000’s of scholars on Sunday began a marketing campaign on Twitter to demand the cancellation of Class X and Class XII board exams in Assam, the federal government mentioned that they’ll maintain a gathering on Tuesday with stakeholders and announce a decision.

In Assam, the Class 10 examination is carried out by the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and the Class 12 examination by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) — each exams have been initially scheduled for May 11.  On May 4, the federal government announced that the exams would be postponed on the account of the rise in cases and that the revised examination dates will be announced soon.

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However, whilst different boards throughout the nation have determined to cancel the exams, the delay within the decision by the state authorities has led to college students taking to social media demanding the exams be scrapped, or announce a decision soon. The college students have been tweeting with the hashtags #Cancel#CancelAssamBoardExams, citing well being issues through the pandemic.

On Monday, members of the Congress scholar wing, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Assam, protested on the Deputy Commissioners Office, Jorhat, carrying PPE kits to demand the exams be scrapped. MP Ripun Bora, President, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urging the federal government to make an “early, concrete” decision on the exams.

“The Honourable Minister of Education, made a series of announcements about holding the examination but without any clarity. Further leaving the students, parents and the teachers in uncertainty, distress and mental agony” Bora wrote, including: “I recommend you to immediately formulate a mechanism or an evaluation scheme in order to cope up with CBSE’s internal assessment. This will be only possible by deliberating with eminent educationists, student unions, students themselves and other important stakeholders.”

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Speaking to the native media earlier, Education minister Dr Ranoj Pegu had mentioned that the federal government was inclined to maintain the examination. “We have lakhs of irregular students — so how do we internally evaluate them? The moment it gets normal, the exams will happen,” mentioned Dr Pegu, in an interview with the native media just lately. He added that the board outcomes are essential for particularly those that don’t sit for aggressive entrance exams. “Those who sit for competitive exams will be able to decide where to study. But not all sit for such entrance exams.” He mentioned that when the exams are held, they’ll be held in a “modified format”.

B Kalyan Chakravarthy, Principal Secretary, Department of Elementary and Secondary schooling, Assam mentioned that the federal government was “in favour of conducting the exams but may reduce the number of subjects.” “For the government, the priority is the safety of the students. We are trying to ensure that all teachers are vaccinated, and looking to see if we can get kids vaccinated too.”

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