Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has postponed all first-year HS examinations 2021. As per the notice released by the board, the class 11th examinations have been deferred indefinitely. However, for the Assam class 10th and 12th examinations, the board is yet to make a decision whether to cancel or postpone the board exams.
The board was all set to conduct the HS first-year or class 11th exams from May 4 to 29, 2021, onwards. However, amid COVID-19 rising cases in the state, the exams have been postponed.
AHSEC chairman Dayananda Borgohain said that “To ensure quality, we have not cancelled the Class XI final examination like last year. If the Covid situation allows, we may decide on the new dates. The exam has only been postponed,”
On the other hand for class 10th and 12th board exams, the Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that a discussion will be done with the relevant board authorities and a decision regarding the same will be announced soon. As per local news reports, the decision for cancelling or postponing Assam 10th 12th Board Exams 2021 is likely to be taken by May 3. The examinations are scheduled to commence from May 11.
The class 10th examination are conducted by Board of Secondary Education or SEBA, whereas, the class 12th exams are conducted by Assam Higher Secondary Education Council or AHSEC.
Over the past few weeks, students and parents have been arguing with the state government to postpone the examinations following the second wave of covid in the country. Earlier, there were media reports that the government will make a decision for the upcoming Assam Board exams 2021 after Assembly Election Results are announced, however, State Edu minister hinted that the Assam board class 10th exams cannot be cancelled and will be held as per the schedule as if the exams are cancelled, there will be issues in the admission process in the colleges in the state.
In several districts of Assam, the educational institutes have been closed till May 12 in view of the surging Covid cases. This can further pose hurdles for the AHSEC in conducting the examination.