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Student organizations and opposition parties in Assam on Monday demanded the removal of a clause in the assessment process for class 10 and 12 exams, which states that students wishing to become teachers or join jobs within the State government will have to sit for the same exam if the COVID-19 situation improves.
The state government has said that with exams canceled in 2021, a “special” test is needed to put this year’s applicants on a par with past and future students who have taken and will be taking the exams. reviews, and to avoid litigation in the future. Those who oppose the clause, however, have claimed that it has made the assessment system redundant and put students, who are already stressed out due to uncertainty about the process, under more strain.
On June 18, the government of Assam canceled the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) exams, the State Council exams in grades 10 and 12 respectively, due to the current COVID-19 situation.
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On July 1, he notified a desk assessment process for students in grades 10 and 12 under the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (SEBA) and Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) respectively based on the reports. two expert committees set up by the Department of Education.
Under a clause of the notification, students aspiring to become teachers or employees of the Ministry of Education or any other department of the government of a state where recruitment is “primarily based on HSLC or HSSLC grades” will be required to take a special examination in secondary or higher education after improvement. of the pandemic situation.
Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said the special examination is only needed for the job selection process, not for admission to the upper grades. However, student associations and opposition parties refused to accept this argument.
Calling the clause totally unacceptable, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Chief Advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said: âThe assessment process has been recommended by committees appointed by the government. Marksheets based on it should leave all future possibilities open to students.
“We call on the government to reconsider this clause and remove it. The students were ready to take the exams. It is not their fault. No injustice should be done to their interests.” He told PTI that AASU had already sent letters to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Minister of Education with this request.
All Bodo Student Union (ABSU) President Dipen Boro wondered which scoring sheet will be accepted if a student is considered successful under the notified record-based assessment process but later fails to pass the special exam. âThere shouldn’t be separate scorecards for getting into the upper grades and for applying for jobs in the future,â he said.
Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) General Secretary Palash Changmai said: âThe students have already suffered so much mental torture due to the delay in deciding whether or not the exams will take place. We cannot put more stress on them.
The Federation of Indian Students (IFC) demonstrated in Guwahati on Saturday against the new formulas for the two lots and called on the government to withdraw the clause. Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) said the decision to hold a separate exam in 2022 would jeopardize the careers of nearly seven lakh students from both promotions and demanded the withdrawal of this “anti-student” notification.
The Assam Pradesh Congressional Committee also condemned the state government for allegedly “playing with the plight of HSLC and upper secondary students” by their “junk attitude” towards organization of examinations.
âThe current Chief Minister, who was previously Minister of Education, knew full well that the exams could have taken place in January or February. But instead of working for the cause of the students, which was his constitutional duty, he chose to work in the interests of his party, the BJP, âopposition leader Debabrata Saikia told PTI.
âTo advertise the grade sheet as redundant when applying for government jobs was totally unwarranted. It’s not the students’ fault that they couldn’t pass the exams, so why deprive them? said the head of the state Congress, Ripun Bora. AIUDF lawmaker Rafiqul Islam, calling the clause “unacceptable,” said students will have to prepare for their class next year and continue studying for grade 10 or 12, which will put pressure on them. huge on them.
“The government should immediately withdraw this provision and follow the process being adopted by other states,” he added. However, the education minister said on Saturday that the government will hold the review in the future to eliminate any discrepancies and avoid litigation.
âThe government can give the grade sheet based on the case-based assessment process. But, if students who passed earlier or who will be successful in later years go to court against competing with those students , saying they never took the exam, what are we going to do then? ” He asked.
Clause 5 of both notifications stated that grades awarded through the desk assessment process will not be considered if those students decide to later apply for jobs in the state government, where grades from Class 10 and 12 are the only evaluation criteria.
According to the formula for students in class 12, who have practical exams, 50 percent of their total marks will come from the best of three subjects in class 10, 30 percent from class 12 practice, 10 percent from the internal and attendance assessment in grades 11 and 12, and the remaining 10 percent to be provided by AHSEC.
Students in class 12 of the arts and commerce streams who do not have practical exams will obtain 50 percent of their marks in the best of the three subjects of class 10, 40 percent of the internal assessment in class 11 and in class 12, and an additional 10 percent will be granted by AHSEC.
For students in Class 10, 40 percent of their marks will be based on their performance in Class 9, 40 percent on the assessment of their performance in Class 10, and 20 percent on the school’s internal assessment. Students dissatisfied with their grades or the assessment process will be given the option to take regular exams before September 15 or when exams can take place, with notifications adding that results will be reported by July 31.