An important update has made its way for the Assam Board Class 10 and 12 students in the form of a tweet by Ranoj Pegu, the Cabinet Minister for Education and Welfare of Plain Tribe & Backward Classes, Government of Assam. The update comes just a week before the commencement of state board exams and was tweeted by Pegu’s official Twitter account @ranojpeguassam. Accordingly, the state board has planned on using last year’s question papers and answer booklets for the 2022 board exams.
The tweet by Assam Education Minister, read the following two lines –
Official notification was attached to this tweet, informing candidates about the state board’s decision. Moreover, proper reasoning was also stated, justifying the board’s move. As per the official notification, the reason cited was “to avoid misuse of natural resources“. However, with this decision coming to light, students are concerned about the possible differences in the syllabus.
What does the notification say?
As per the official notification, the Class 10 (HSLC) and Class 12 (AHM) board exams 2022 will utilize the questions papers and answer booklets of last year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board had canceled last year’s board exams. Instead, they resorted to alternate assessment criteria to evaluate students. So, the resources of last year are just lying there, not utilized. Eventually, these resources may be subjected to misuse or mishandling. Hence, the state board has decided on utilising them for board exams 2022.
Differences in Syllabus
As the development came to light, the Assam Class 10 and 12 students began worrying about the differences in the syllabus. Last year, the syllabus underwent certain changes and reductions to compensate for the problems created on the academic front.
The official notification does clarify that last year’s syllabus is in accordance with the syllabus prescribed for 2022 board exams. So, there is no harm in utilizing last year’s exam resources.
However, as per reports, students are finding some differences in the syllabi. For example, a student tweeted about the slight differences in the Geography syllabus of 2021 and 2022. Several other such tweets have also surfaced. However, the state education board is yet to respond to these concerns.
As of now, the Assam HSLC Class 10 board exams are scheduled from March 15 to 31, 2022. Similarly, the AHM Class 12 board exams will be held from March 15 to April 12, 2022. They will be held in a shift-wise manner, at affiliated schools across the country.