The CM of Assam state, Himanta Biswa Sarma announced today, that a final decision for Assam HSLC, High Madrassa, and HS final year examinations will be taken on June 18, 2021. The education department of the state and the various other stakeholders will be deciding the exams in a meeting that will be held on Friday. Further that the cabinet has recommended to cancel exams in view of the pandemic.
As per the announcement made by the CM, the cabinet has suggested that the exams should not be allowed amidst the pandemic situation. However, the final call will be taken on the meeting schedule on June 18. The CM of the state made this announcement via his official Twitter account.
Assam Board exams for class 10 and 12 were supposed to be held on July – August
On June 08, 2021, the Assam State Education Minister Ranoj Pegu chaired a high-level meeting with various stakeholders of the Assam Secretariat. In this meeting, the state Education Ministry asked for suggestions on the Assam Board class 10 and 12 exam dates. There were suggestions to hold the exam between August 01, 2021, to August 15, 2021. Earlier, Assam Board planned to hold the exams in the month of July 2021, but the state health department has refused to give a nod to conduct examinations in July. There were also discussions on organising Assam Board Exam with fewer subjects.
Further, the Assam government on June 10 said exams will be conducted only if the COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 2 percent. If this happens then the exam will be held from July 15, 2021.
Students of Assam board moved to Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the board exams
After the announcement to conduct Assam class 10 and 12 exams, students from Assam moved to the Supreme Court of India seeking cancellation of the High School Leaving Certification Examination (HSLC or Class 10) and Higher Secondary (Class 12) board examinations.
The plea filed by a group of students states that they are being compelled to appear in the HSLC and HS exams amid a threat to their life. The petition says: “In the interest of the safety of lakhs of students and their parents it is better to cancel the exams.”
The plea further stated that the government’s statement on COVID positivity rate below 2 percent has no relevance on Assam Board Exam 2021. The students further mentioned that if CBSE, CISCE, and other state boards can cancel their respective exams, then why not Assam Board Exam 2021.
Last year, the 10th class examination was postponed time and again due to the COVID-19 situation, however, they were finally conducted and the results were announced on June 6. In the exam for class X, 3,58,000 appeared and 64.80% of them passed.
In class 12 the number of students who took the exam was 2,34,000 and the pass percentage was 78.28%.