For over 7 lakh students in Assam, the dilemma continues even after the declaration of state government’s decision to cancel the board exams of class X and XII recently. The prolonged delay in coming up with a decision has not only exposed the ‘insensitivity’ of the government and the unprepared state education department.
Though the state government till the last moment was advocating holding the exams, it finally backed out of its stand after the health department highlighted the consequences of holding the exams in this time of crisis. The health department apprehended that holding of exams may explode the numbers of cases amongst the students or the youngsters. So, the state government cancelled the exams.
But even after cancelling the exams, the expert committees are yet to reach a final decision of marking the students. The two expert committees said that they are analyzing the marking module of CBSE and other states where exams are cancelled and an evaluation formula has been prepared.
What is significant that the CBSE had cancelled the Class X Assam Board exams way back in April and later cancelled the class XII exams too —a prudent move that saved the students from undue anxiety and the looming uncertainty.
In Assam, the HSLC exam is generally held during February-March and the state government could have easily conducted the exams then as the Covid situation was also normal then after the end of the first wave.
Surprisingly, the state government refrained from holding the exams then whereas educational institutions were also opened then. Then the whole system slipped into election mode and the issue of holding the exams had remained unanswered.
The development clearly highlighted the inefficiency of the education department, which failed to foresee the eventuality despite the incoming of a second wave alerted. Not only the department failed to hold the exams timely but is still to fix the evaluation modalities.
After going through the stress for so long, the students are now waiting for the announcement of the marking modalities. It’s time the state government should come up with suitable marking modalities so that justice can be done to the students as per their merit.