Assam Board Exams: State cabinet advises not to hold ‘offline’ exams; Final decision on June 18
GUWAHATI: Final decision on holding the board exams in the state to be taken on June 18 only after the education department will discuss the issue with all stakeholders on Friday.
On Wednesday, the state cabinet has advised that offline conduct of board exams would not be suitable under the current Covid scenario.
In Assam, around 7 lakh students have been awaiting a final decision on board exams. Earlier, state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that board exams would be held in mid-July if the Covid positivity rate goes down below 2 per cent by July 1.
Following the cabinet meeting, health minister Keshab Mahanta said, “In the meeting, the health department has submitted a presentation on the matter. Since some 7 lakh students need to sit in the exams and holding the examination will lead to a possible large gathering, the state cabinet has advised that holding offline exams in the current situation. However, it’s not finalized yet. It’s just a suggestion.”
While there were around 4.4 lakh students were to appear in high school leaving certificate (HSLC) and high madrassa exams in the state, some 2.5 lakh others were awaiting to appear higher secondary (HS).
The minister added that the education department would sit with all stakeholders on June 18 to finalize the matter. Student groups, parent bodies, health experts were likely to attend the crucial meeting.
In its presentation, the health department also mentioned that in the Covid 19 positivity rate in people below 18 years was recorded at 14.8 per cent and 10 per cent amongst the age group of 11-18. It added that around 25000 youngsters were infected by the virus so far in the state.
CM Sarma had said that cancelling the exams would lead to chaos due to a ‘yet to be decided’ evaluation process in the state.
Sources said that the crucial meet on Friday may try to explore alternative options of holding the exams or an online one.